Around 3,000 motorcycles will roar through Main Street in Monroe this Sunday when the Green Ribbon Ride honors the families of the Sandy Hook School shooting victims. The theme is "Riding to Remember and Honor Newtown's 26 Angels."
Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says people are welcome to park legally along the bike route and cheer the riders on as they go by this Sunday, but for those who don't, he recommends avoiding the area between 11 a.m. and noon.
"We anticipate large traffic tie ups and major intersections will be closed as motorcycles go through," McCauley said. "We anticipate up to 45 to 50 minute delays at each intersection."
The swarm of bikes will leave from the corner of Howe Avenue and Cornell Street in Shelton and follow a police escort up Route 110 to Route 34 in Derby, Seymour, Oxford, Monroe and Newtown before making a left onto Route 25 and heading south through Monroe and Trumbull.
The bikers will turn right onto Main Street in Trumbull, before ending their route at the Trumbull Westfield Mall.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Newtown Surviver Fund, Newtown Police Union, Newtown EMS, the five Newtown fire departments, local children's charities, The Center for Women & Families and Al's Angels.
Still Time to Ride
Fred Garrity Jr., who is executive director of the annual CT United Ride remembering 9/11, is also the director of the Green Ribbon Ride. Other ride officials include Greg Gnandt and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Assistant Chief Anthony Capozziello.
The Green Ribbon Ride is sponsored by all five Newtown Fire Departments — Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Hawleyville Fire Co., Botsford Fire Rescue, Newtown Hook & Ladder and the Dodgingtown Fire Co.
The start of the ride is hosted by the Town of Shelton and its Mayor Mark Lauretti.
There is still an opportunity to ride. It costs $20 per person and there is a limit of 3,000 riders.
Pre-registration will be at Carl Anthony Restaurant at Clock Tower Square, 477 Main Street in Monroe, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Registration on the day of the ride will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the starting point in Shelton on Sunday.
For more information, visit greenribbonride.com.