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Daytona Beach Bike Week is a motorcycle event and rally that is held every March. This huge celebration attracts about 500,000 visitors annually to not only participate in motorcycle racing, but also to enjoy concerts, parties, and street festivals. The event competes with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the title of the most popular motorcycle rally in the US.
The Daytona Beach Bike Week was first held on January 24, 1937. The race was a 5 km beach and pavement track. After WWII it gained huge popularity and was promoted by "Big Bill" France, co-founder of NASCAR. The race is now held at Daytona International Speedway. There have been a number of deaths at the festival due to rider accidents over the years.
An Annual Burning Bike Friday is one of the signature events of Daytona Bike Week. Live bands play on two stages. There are the Miss Burning Bike Bikini contest and other entertainment like performances by the Globe of Death, fire dancers, and stilt walkers. Don't forget to make a picture of the world's largest wooden bike before it gets burned at the end of the party at about 9:00 pm. The festival is held at Fastlane Campground with plenty of space for camping, parking, and socializing.