The roar of more than 30 motorcycles from American Bikers Aimed Toward brought the crowd near the main grandstand in front of Courthouse on their feet.
“You know the parade is starting when you that roar,” Paul Wyman, organizer of the Haynes Apperson Festival, announced from the stage.
“That gets my heart pounding,” said Mike Carr as the motorcycles revved up their engines. “That’s real Americana.”
Behind the bikes, a 1918 Haynes Cloverleaf driven by Bob Gollner cruised along slowly with Kokomo Opalescent Glass CEO John O’Donnell, this year’s parade grand marshal, riding along.
“It’s exciting to see Kokomo Opalescent Glass celebrate 125 years,” he said after climbing out of the Haynes.
“We’re the oldest locally owned business in Kokomo.”
Employees followed behind throwing candy to the kids watching.
Famous Indianapolis radio announcer Howdy Bell also made an appearance in the parade riding in a 1915 Ahrens-Fox fire truck.
After the parade, most made their way to Foster Park to ride the rides and enjoy some treats from the many vendors. Others checked out the array of antique cars and trucks on display showcasing Kokomo’s rich automotive history.