- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) - Red River officials say bad weather and press from a May 17 fight in Waco, Texas that left nine dead contributed to the smaller than usual crowd at the town’s annual Memorial Day motorcycle rally.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1FNiWYF ) Marshal David Smith says law enforcement was confident violence from the May 17 fight between the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the Cossacks wouldn’t spill over to the rally, and that he kept officers’ presence similar to previous years.

New Mexico State Police Sgt. Bill Thornock says the crowd really thinned out when it started snowing Sunday.

About 300 members of the Bandidos attended the rally wearing patches from Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

The rally is in its 44th year and can bring in up to 15,000 visitors.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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