Here comes Santa!

Santa Claus ar­rived at the Shriner’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren in North Phil­adelphia, via a red Har­ley Dav­id­son, on Sunday. In tow were hun­dreds of riders from loc­al mo­tor­cycle clubs who lined up to donate toys to chil­dren un­der the hos­pit­al’s care. (Brad Lar­ris­on)

On Har­ley! On Phantom! On Sabre and Shad­ow! Come Fury! Come Road Glide. Come V-Rod and Aero!

Santa traded in his reindeer for a chop­per as Christ­mas in Ju­ly was cel­eb­rated with a roar on Sunday. More than 550 mo­tor­cyc­lists rode their bikes, laden with toys, from the Po­lice Academy on State Road to the Shriners Hos­pit­als for Chil­dren on the 3500 block of N. Broad Street.

The riders, mem­bers of the Phil­adelphia Chapter of the Cen­tur­i­ons Mo­tor­cycle Club, brought bags of un­wrapped toys for the kids at the hos­pit­al, said Frank Ciamaich­elo, the chapter’s pres­id­ent.

The toys were just part of club’s dona­tion. In­clud­ing the $20 each rider chipped in, the Cen­tur­i­ons have raised about $32,000 for the Shriners hos­pit­al, he said.

The Cen­tur­i­ons have been rev­ving their en­gines for Shriners for 16  years, Ciamaich­elo said in a phone in­ter­view Monday, and have been cel­eb­rat­ing as sum­mer­time Santas each year on the last Sunday in Ju­ly.

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