TAOS, N.M. — Motorcyclists and movie fanatics from as far away as Canada made the pilgrimage to northern New Mexico to celebrate Dennis Hopper and his iconic film “Easy Rider.”

Several dozen motorcycles gathered Saturday in the adobe- encircled plaza in Ranchos de Taos to kick off what town officials hope will be an annual event – Dennis Hopper Day – with a rally and ride through some of the places made famous in the film.

Saturday would have been the late actor and director’s 78th birthday. Hopper lived in Taos for years and is buried here.

Town Manager Rick Bellis says the day is aimed at recognizing Hopper’s contributions as a resident, filmmaker, supporter of the arts and for being a “colorful member” of the community.

– From news service reports