The bikes came in by the thousands Thursday night, kicking off the 6th Annual Roar On the Shore. Bikers across the country flock to Erie each year, sharing in their love of all things motorcycles.
"Harley and motorcycles in general are my passion, and its pretty much the greatest thing to me to see this many bikes together," said Kurt Heubel of McKean. "All the people are great and all the things going on downtown, its just a good time."
Despite a less than ideal weather conditions, these die hard bikers didn't let little rain keep them from coming out.
"We've got a lot of people that like bike around here, a lot of them, and they're showing it," said Gregory Buckner of Erie.
"A little rain doesn't bother me," said Heubel. "We've got rain suits, and you're not going to melt."
Organizers of the Roar say they expect to see around 100,000 people during the three day rally. And for the vendors that come into town, that's good news.
"Its a great rally," said Marc Silverman, co-owner of Lite Cycle in Hollywood, Florida. "The people are great, we do good business here. We love the music, I love riding around the area. Its a great place to visit."
Those bikers who come out each year, rain or shine, see this rally growing in popularity. With more bikers and vendors heading to Erie to take part in the rally.
"They know its something here, and its growing. It's growing a lot larger I believe. Just like I believe the temperatures are going to go up."
For a full list of events happening the rest of the weekend, check out www.roarontheshore.com