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Thousands take patriotic bike ride through Huntington Beach

Orange County Register logo Orange County Register 7/2/2022 Mindy Schauer, The Orange County Register
Thousands of riders take part in the Locals 4th of July Bicycle Cruise in Huntington Beach on Saturday, July 2, 2022 as they loop through streets and end in downtown. © Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register/TNS Thousands of riders take part in the Locals 4th of July Bicycle Cruise in Huntington Beach on Saturday, July 2, 2022 as they loop through streets and end in downtown.

Bummed out when the coronavirus was cancelling festivities and closing things down during Fourth of July 2020, Ed Ramo organized The Locals Bicycle Cruise, which is quickly becoming a tradition adding to the line up of celebrations in Huntington Beach.

That first year, Ramo said he sent out a few emails and asked people to join him on a ride through town.

“I was hoping for 100, but got 1,000,” riders, he said. Last year, he set his expectations higher and hoped for 2,000, but got several thousand, he said. And it has only grown.

This year, Ramo advertised in 90 different online forums and sent out 200 fliers.

“It’s about family and spirit,” he said. “It’s a whole community coming together.”

Ramo said he likes having the ride in the days leading up to the July 4, so it doesn’t clash with the city’s official parade – which is returning this year to its full-scale march that ends on Main Street.

The bike parade started Saturday at Lake Park and ended at Main Street and Walnut Avenue. Local veterans were invited to attend, as well as at least 200 roller skaters.

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