Leather-clad bikers, customised Harley-Davidsons, garish tattoos, Confederate flags, pole dancers, topless bars and prayer meetings. Welcome to the Republic of Texas Biker Rally. Now in its 20th year, the annual four-day party attracts around 35,000 bikers and as many as 200,000 spectators.

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A man and woman ride a Harley down the Boulevard of the RepublicAdrees Latif/Reuters
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The Texas State Capitol building is seen in the background during the Republic of Texas bike parade in AustinAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Texas, where everything is bigger: A woman poses on an oversized motorbike along Sixth Street in AustinAdrees Latif/Reuters

The Travis County Expo Centre on the outskirts of the Texan capital becomes a giant trailer park with the non-PC atmosphere you might expect when thousands of bikers throw a party.

Pole dancers gyrate among the motor homes, and a naked doll sits next to a sign reading: "Show me your tits". There's no shortage of women willing to do as instructed. A disapproving 2011 Austin Chronicle report lamented the lack of sisterhood: "Time to break out the halter top. By Thursday there should be 40,000-plus motorcycle enthusiasts rumbling into Austin. If you go a little extra slutty, maybe you can unseat one of their bitches."

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Revelers stop to watch a woman as she pole dances among motorhomes at the Travis County Exposition Centre on the outskirts of AustinAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Revellers photograph pole dancers performing at the Republic of Texas RallyAdrees Latif/Reuters
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A naked doll sits next to a sign reading: "Show me your tits" at the Republic of Texas rallyAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Revellers wave at passing motorbikes during a parade at the Republic of Texas RallyAdrees Latif/Reuters
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A topless woman rides on the back of a golf cartAdrees Latif/Reuters
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A man dances with a young woman during a concert at the Republic of Texas RallyAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Bikers photograph women sitting on top of a bar along Sixth Street after the bike paradeAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Bikers take photographs with a woman at a bar along Sixth StreetAdrees Latif/Reuters

This year's event was held under heavy police presence after a fight among rival motorcycle gangs in Waco last month left nine people dead. This was the first major gathering of bikers in the state since the deadly fight, where gangs attacked each other with guns, knives, chains and clubs.

Many bikers at the rally had sympathy for those in Waco, saying they were motorcycle enthusiasts who got caught up with a few criminal gang members. For a few bikers, this year's rally was too subdued. "What happened in Waco ruined the party with all these cops hanging out," said Jesse Alvarez as he rode off.

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People drive a golf cart adorned with an inflatable woman riding a giant penisAdrees Latif/Reuters
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The Texas and Confederate flags fly from a golf cart as revellers gather along the Boulevard of the Republic at the Travis County Exposition CentreAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Bikers raise their hands in prayer during a church service at the Republic of Texas RallyAdrees Latif/Reuters
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Bikers gather in prayer during the Sunday church service at the Travis County Exposition CentreAdrees Latif/Reuters
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A woman laughs at an intoxicated man along Sixth Street after the bike paradeAdrees Latif/Reuters

Members of the Bandidos, one of the groups implicated in the Waco incident and identified by the US Justice Department as an outlaw motorcycle gang, attended the Republic of Texas Rally. "It was peaceful. That's what people wanted," said a man in a Bandidos vest who asked not to be named.