NORWALK, Conn. -- The 13th annual Connecticut United Ride -- Connecticut's largest 9/11 tribute -- will kick off in Norwalk with an estimated 4,000 motorcyclists riding to Bridgeport on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The ride travels with full police escort through 11 cities and towns: Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Georgetown, Redding, Bethel, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield and ending in Bridgeport.
The event begins in Norwalk at Exit 17 off I-95 (Norden Park). Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with ceremonies at 10:30. The Ride begins at 11:30 a.m.
Fire departments along the route will hang U.S. flags for the event.
Registration forms for the ride can be found online, or riders can preregister at Captain's Cove Marina in Bridgeport.
The registration fee is $25 per rider and $25 per passenger.
The ride will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will end in Bridgeport with an afternoon of food and entertainment. Food and drinks will be free for the first 2,000 registered riders.
Last year, 2,300 motorcycles were at the end of the ride at Seaside Park. The event raises funds for Connecticut firefighters, law enforcement, and two local United Ways.
For more information, visit the Connecticut United Ride's website.
This is the parade route:
- Motorcade from Norden Park to Route 136
- to Route 33 through Westport
- to Wilton Route 7
- to Route 107 Georgetown
- to Route 58N Redding
- to Route 302 Bethel
- to Newtown Route 25 through Monroe
- to Main Street Trumbull
- to Old Town Road
- to Park Avenue in Fairfield
- continuing into Bridgeport to Seaside Park with Bridgeport's Fire Rescue 5 leading the motorcade.