The five million cases of coronavirus on American soil did not scare the thousands of bikers who converged on Sunday in a town in the Midwest, to participate in the largest annual motorcycle rally in the world.
Masks were scarce in the tide of motorcycle lovers who roamed the streets of the small town of Sturgis, 6,000 residents, nestled in the hills of South Dakota.
Until August 16, some 250,000 motorcyclists from all over the country are expected to attend the 80th edition of this huge rally.
T-shirts stamped “I survived the corona”, “God, arms and Trump” or a photomontage of the president in a leather jacket on the shoulders making an arm of honor were offered for sale. .
“We look forward to seeing our visitors experience all that our state has to offer,” South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem, a loyal supporter of the president, told Fox News.
The state, famous for its Mount Rushmore, where the heads of four former US presidents are carved from granite, is one of the few that has never called on its people to confine themselves or wear masks, but it has so far been relatively spared from coronavirus infections.