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    Monday, August 08, 2022

    Blessing the bikes in New London

    Motorcyclists line up for the drive-thru blessing at the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event re-located from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey on City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

    Hundreds of motorcyclists crowded Waterfront Park and downtown New London for the annual New London Motorcycle Club blessing of the bikes Sunday.

    Festivities began at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza.

    The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA Inc. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park, where it was held last year. 

    A motorcycle featuring a carved wood fairing is parked in front of the stage as the local band American Honey plays at the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022, at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show and music on City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Dale Adams of the New London Motorcycle Club helps bikers park for the annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Rev. Greg Perry of Greenville Congregational church, left, and Chuck Tyree, senior pastor at Norwich Alliance Church, with help from New London Motorcycle Club chaplain Dave Miller, sprinkle holy water on passing motorcyclists during the annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Chuck Tyree, senior pastor at Norwich Alliance Church, and Rev. Greg Perry of Greenville Congregational Church, not pictured, sprinkle holy water on passing motorcyclists during the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022, at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Motorcyclists queued for the drive-thru blessing wait for a southbound Shore Line East train to pass during the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    A participant in the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing takes a photo of the procession Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
    Bruce Walldicor, training captain for the New London Motorcycle Club, moves through the queue thanking all the riders for attending the annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event relocated from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey at City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc.. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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