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Kim Coates Named 2019 Grand Marshal

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Star Kim Coates Named 2019 Roar on the Shore® Grand Marshal Roar’s official bike week is set for July 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2019

Ride with Tig in the Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade. Pre-register now and be directed to the first section of the parade!

A stage actor who played Macbeth and performed on Broadway as Stanley Kowalski as grand marshal of the 2019 Roar on the Shore® Bike Week?

That’s a head-scratcher.

Oh, he was Tig Trager on “Sons of Anarchy.”

Now it makes sense.

Kim Coates famously played the leather-clad thug with a heart on FX hit “Sons of Anarchy.” So, serving as grand marshal of the Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade isn’t a stretch. The rally’s flagship parade departs at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 from Presque Isle Downs & Casino before arriving at The Hub at Lake Erie Speedway. Donation to ride in the parade is $25 per bike at the gate.

Coates began his acting career in the theater but is best known for playing tough guys and complicated villains on television and in big-budget movies. His breadth of work includes nearly 70 films where he acted alongside notable and Academy Award-winning actors including Robert Duval, Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner. He’s been directed by some of the biggest names in the industry – Ridley Scott in “Black Hawk Down,” and Michael Bay in “Pearl Harbor.” Fans of the hit TV series “Entourage” remember him as sleazy movie producer Carl Ertz. Today Coates stars in “Bad Blood” on Netflix, a crime family docudrama based on the true story of a Montreal crime boss.

“He’s been a prolific actor, but it is as Tig, the most violent member of the SAMCRO gang on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ that makes him a perfect fit for Roar®,” explained Ralph J. Pontillo, Roar on the Shore’s® executive director. “The series is a cult phenomenon and we think those who enjoy Roar® will be enthusiastic about him leading the Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade.”

Sponsored by the Manufacturer & Business Association, the 13th annual Roar on the Shore® Bike Week will take place July 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, 2019. Proceeds will benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Erie County’s (NAMI) Homefront program. To be launched next year in Erie, NAMI Homefront is a free, educational program for families, caregivers and friends of military service members and veterans with mental health conditions.

To date, the MBA and Roar® boards have donated approximately $920,000 to charitable organizations, including the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, SafeNet, Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, Boys & Girls Club of Erie, St. Patrick’s Haven, Erie Homes for Children and Adults, St. Martin Center, Mercy Center for Women, and the Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center.

Listen as Rocket 105 announces the Grand Marshal for this year’s Roar on the Shore® and the winner of the Grand Marshal Contest.

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