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CRUISIN’ DOWN THE BOULEVARD — A motorcyclist and his furry companion ride down Woodland Boulevard during DeLand’s Bike Rally in March, one of the last large events held before COVID-19 restrictions caused many events to be downsized or canceled. County officials had tried to impose restrictions on the annual Biketoberfest event, but Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recent executive order pre-empts many local restrictions.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

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CRUISIN’ DOWN THE BOULEVARD — A motorcyclist and his furry companion ride down Woodland Boulevard during DeLand’s Bike Rally in March, 2020, one of the last large events held before COVID-19 restrictions caused many events to be downsized or canceled. County officials had tried to impose restrictions on the annual Biketoberfest event, but an executive order passed by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ pre-empted many local restrictions.

BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

The DeLand Bike Rally will roll into Downtown DeLand this weekend, March 5-6.

The MainStreet DeLand Association anticipates the event, featuring bikers from all over, live music and a group “biker wedding” ceremony, could draw in tens of thousands of attendees. The City of DeLand has approved an open-container permit for this event, and attendees will be able to drink alcohol within Downtown DeLand. 

Once the sun sets March 5, attendees can celebrate at the Bike Rally After Party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Issues bar, 114 E. Indiana Ave., featuring live music from the band Pop Culture Poets.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4, East Indiana Avenue will shut down to accommodate bikers. The next day, Saturday, March 5, the following streets will be closed 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

  •  Woodland Boulevard from Howry to Wisconsin avenues
  •  New York Avenue from Florida to Alabama avenues
  •  Georgia Avenue from Florida to Alabama avenues
  •  Indiana Avenue from Florida to Alabama avenues
  •  Rich Avenue from Florida to Alabama avenues

The biker wedding ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 — during the DeLand Bike Rally event — at the Historic Volusia County Courthouse, 120 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

Motorcycles can begin arriving for the wedding at noon, but you don’t have to be on a motorcycle to be married.

Florida residents looking to participate in the biker wedding should apply for a marriage license at the office of the Volusia County Clerk of Court at least three days in advance. Out-of-state residents taking part may apply for a license as late as the same day.

Reservations for the wedding are required. For more information, or to RSVP, call 386-736-5911 or email adminwebmail@clerk.org.

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