Trail of Tears ride this weekend

Thousands of motorcyclists are riding to the Shoals this weekend as part of the annual Trail of Tears commemorative ride.

The event commemorates Native Americans who were forced to unsettled lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830s during the Indian Removal Act. Waterloo was a major debarkation point in that journey.

Florence police Sgt. Chris Ticer said the ride likely will come through Florence at approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Riders will come into eastern Lauderdale County on U.S. 72 and travel along Florence Boulevard, to Cox Creek Parkway, Veterans Drive, Seminary Street, Alabama 20 and on to Waterloo Road.

Events surrounding the ride start Friday in Waterloo with the Second Creek Band performing at 5 p.m. and Tosha Hill Band at 7 p.m., organizers said.

The Native American Pow-Wow begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with the “Walk to the Water.” The Tosha Hill Band performs at 7 p.m. and Jamie Davis Band at 9 p.m. A pow-wow also begins at noon Sunday.

Natchez Trace Harley-Davidson, on U.S. 72 in Tuscumbia, is hosting a free party from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. The event includes music from Handshake Promise at noon and Diedra the Alabama Blues Queen at 4 p.m.

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