SIDON, Lebanon: It began to feel a lot like Christmas in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon Sunday, when a parade of 200 motorcycles toured the city and handed out gifts to around 100 children. The bikers gathered starting early in the morning near the city’s northern entrance before heading to Sidon’s Sea Castle, where local MP Bahia Hariri and Mayor Mohammad Saudi helped lift a Lebanese flag that covered the entire bridge leading to the castle.
The event, organized by the Lebanese Motorcycles Club in cooperation with Front Row events and the Sidon Municipality, brought a festive atmosphere to the city just ahead of Christmas.
The mayor praised the event, saying that it solidifies Sidon as a tourist destination.
“We support any event that brings people to the city,” he said.
The giving spirit of the holidays also prompted the bikers to head to the Orphan Welfare Society, where they were welcomed by over 100 children. Before giving the children their gifts, the bikers took some of them on a motorcycle tour within the compound.
“The bikers have come from different areas, from Bekaa, Tripoli, Beirut and the south, and have gathered in Sidon,” Front Row founder Nadine Kain told The Daily Star.
“Today’s event shows that Sidon celebrates life during all seasons.”
Ali Dagher, president of the Lebanese Motorcycles Club, said that the children were the main focus of their tour around the city.
“This will not be the last event in Sidon,” Dagher added.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 24, 2018, on page 3.