Atlanticade, the east coast’s largest motorcycle rally, is returning to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick this year, but with a different date.â€¨
Organizers had originally announced that the bike festival would take place in the historic seaside town for the July 1 weekend, but town authorities felt running that hosting the event during the national holiday weekend would overwhelm the town. â€¨â€¨
It was decided to move the Atlanticade rally a week later; the official rally dates are now July 6-10.
The recently-announced Moncton motorcycle rally and the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby, Nova Scotia both run later in the summer, which should lessen the competition between the festivals.â€¨â€¨
The change in scheduling means some attendees who’ve already made arrangements will have to rebook their hotels, but despite the confusion for participants and sponsors, organizers and locals are both hoping the event repeats last year’s success, when 10,000 riders coming from across the country and the United States showed up.
Festival founder Dale Hicks says marketing efforts are a little behind schedule this year, but rally officials are predicting an increase in attendance as long as the weather cooperates.
For more rally info, go to atlanticade.ca.
The Wharf Rat Rally is the largest motorcycle rally in the Atlantic region, not Atlanticade.