R.O.T. Rally parade rolls into Downtown Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN)- As the sun started to set over the Capitol, thousands of motorcycles rolled into downtown Austin for the annual Republic of Texas Rally.

The riders left the Travis County Expo Center around 7:45 p.m. and they started rumbling down North Congress Avenue 30 minutes later. Hundreds of spectators lined Congress Avenue as the parade drove through.

Riders hailed from Texas all the way to New York. Many say they plan their vacations specifically around this event, because it is one of the best around.

With more than 300 vendors, tattoo booths and custom bike builders, there is something for everyone.

The emcee of the event, Steve Trevino, says, “I’ve been coming to the event for eight years and never seen a fight never seen anyone get out of line. Everyone has a great attitude, all about fun, all about having a good time. These are hardworking people.”

According to the Austin-Travis County EMS, since Thursday, there have been eight motorcycle-involved incidents in the Austin and Travis County area. None of the crashes have resulted in fatalities.

With hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists in town for the ROT Rally, police are taking no chances. On Friday night the No Refusal Weekend began.

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