Fonda parades at expanded venue

Captain America rode again at the opening of the expanded CityWalk at Universal Studios.

To the delight of an invited crowd of 5,000, Peter Fonda reprised his most famous role from “Easy Rider” on Wednesday. He fronted a caravan of two dozen bikers who rode into the revamped entertainment district as part of the launch ceremonies, stopping at the new Harley-Davidson store.

It turned out that Fonda had shown up at the invitation of store owner Oliver Shokouh, who knows the thespian from their mutual involvement in the Love Rides, which raises money for charity, for the past 16 years.

“I think that’s it’s great that his career has taken off again because he’s a great guy,” Shokouh said. “I called him two weeks ago and he promised he’d show up. He really is an American icon.”

Fonda officially launched the revamp, which includes more than 30 new attractions, with the words, “Are you ready to start partying?” That was the cue for a fireworks display and a set by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

“Who better to launch the new CityWalk than Peter Fonda,” said Larry Kurzweil, president of Universal Studios Hollywood. “What we’re offering is a totally cool entertainment experience, so having him here fit right in.”

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