Americade to close block of Route 9 for party

Annual motorcycle rally attracts tens of thousands to Lake George each year
Sharon Jalette of Farmingville NY rides along Million Dollar Beach in the Village of Lake George attending the 2015 Americade.
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Sharon Jalette of Farmingville NY rides along Million Dollar Beach in the Village of Lake George attending the 2015 Americade.

LAKE GEORGE — The annual Americade motorcycle rally is making some changes as it gets set to roll into Lake George from June 5 to June 9.

For the first time, its Block Party will take over a stretch of Canada Street (Route 9) for 48 hours, resulting in its shutdown and a detour for through traffic.

Also new this year is Ride For Kids, a parade from Glens Falls to Lake George that will raise funds for pediatric brain tumor patients. New tours of the scenic Lake George Region are planned for motorcyclists attending the event. 

Americade issued a call to any riders suffering after the long winter from PMS — that’s Parked Motorcycle Syndrome — to get them ready for the big rally, which attracts tens of thousands of riders each year, according to event organizers.

Americade touts a number of superlatives about itself: It says it is the largest motorcycle trade show in America. The expo will also move this year from the Million Dollar Beach to three sites adjacent to the Fort William Henry Hotel and Convention Center. The center itself is the headquarters of Americade and the venue for demo rides.

The block party this year will feature concerts, stunt demonstrations and local craft beer. It will result in the shutdown of Canada Street between Montcalm and Hastings streets from early Friday, June 7, through early to midday Sunday, June 9. 

Americade also touts itself as a family-friendly event for riders of all brands of motorcycles, which is a contrast to some rallies in the motorcycle world that are best-suited for adults and have a pronounced Harley Davidson theme. It advises that bad attitude, excessive speed and loud exhaust pipes run counter to the spirit of the event.

Americade dates to 1983, when it was called Aspencade East and was headquartered at the Roaring Brook Ranch. More than 2,000 people attended, and it grew quickly in subsequent years. Attendance can vary because of the weather; it’s estimated at 100,000 to 200,000 per year, though multi-day visitors are counted for each day they attend.

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