2009-06-20 / Top News

Island Puts on Its Finest Show for Lilac Festival Parade

Pulaski Band Takes Stella King Award

Above: People gather all around, even on rooftops, to watch the Lilac Festival Queen go by. Pictured (from left) are the queen and some members of her court, Arial Leeper, Queen Michi Mullings, Danielle Wightman, Princess Hannah Styburski, and Shay Mosley. Driving the carriage is Aaron McCarthy. Above: People gather all around, even on rooftops, to watch the Lilac Festival Queen go by. Pictured (from left) are the queen and some members of her court, Arial Leeper, Queen Michi Mullings, Danielle Wightman, Princess Hannah Styburski, and Shay Mosley. Driving the carriage is Aaron McCarthy. With an American Circus theme for the Lilac Parade this year, everything was about fun and games. Sixty-two entries were in the parade, a few more than last year, according to Tourism Bureau director Mary McGuire Slevin.

The parade started Sunday, June 14, just after 5 p.m., a time change the bureau tried last year and found worked well.

The parade was led by brothers Don "Duck" and Carl Andress, and Jamie Andress. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Richard Wolfgang, who has painted many of the past Lilac Festival posters. Mr. Wolfgang rode in a carriage with his wife, Helen, and his granddaughter, Sydney Chambers.

Many organizations walked in the parade, including United States Coast Guard, Vietnam Veterans of Cheboygan, Mackinac Island Police Department, and Boy Scout Troop 290.

At right: Lilac Tree Hotel guests get a birds-eye view of the parade as announcers Terry Braverman, the "voice of Michigan State University" (left), and John Slevin (right) narrate. At right: Lilac Tree Hotel guests get a birds-eye view of the parade as announcers Terry Braverman, the "voice of Michigan State University" (left), and John Slevin (right) narrate. The crowds lined up along Main Street also enjoyed the sounds of multiple bands, including the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Tittawabassee Fife and Drum Band, Glen Erin Pipe Band, and Pulaski High School.

Mrs. Slevin said she particularly enjoyed the Pulaski Band. "It is so nice to see a community support its local marching band and they sure do so in Pulaski, Wisconsin," she said.

"The kids even raised money to stay at Grand Hotel. I have to say they were bouncing with glee as they left the Island, especially after finding they had won top honors with the Stella King Award."

A crowd favorite was the dancing Northern Michigan Beach Queens, a group of selfappointed queens and one king that participate in parades in several locations, mostly New Orleans and Petoskey. They have been coming to the Lilac parade for four years. The ladies and one man strutted down Main Street, accompanied by music, wearing thigh-length Tshirts with bikini designs.

At left: The Northern Michigan Beach Queens (and king) were a popular feature in this year's Lilac Festival Parade. The "self-appointed queens" participate in many parades, particularly in the Petoskey area and in New Orleans. Pictured are (from left) Thelma Olsen, Rosella Greenwell, Claire Russ, Betty Benson, Gary Phillips, Betty Zipp, Lee Phillips, Sharon Walker, Dorothy Westover, and Ruth Ogalloa. Not pictured are Elaine Price, Molly Signs, and Michelle Riley. At left: The Northern Michigan Beach Queens (and king) were a popular feature in this year's Lilac Festival Parade. The "self-appointed queens" participate in many parades, particularly in the Petoskey area and in New Orleans. Pictured are (from left) Thelma Olsen, Rosella Greenwell, Claire Russ, Betty Benson, Gary Phillips, Betty Zipp, Lee Phillips, Sharon Walker, Dorothy Westover, and Ruth Ogalloa. Not pictured are Elaine Price, Molly Signs, and Michelle Riley. "I just have to see these women," said Island resident Pearl Hoeksema. "They're awesome."

Other entries included the Lilac Queen Michi Mullings, Princess Hannah Styburski, and members of the Queen's court, Shelbie and Shay Mosley, Danielle Wightman, and Arial Leeper, the Butterfly House float, the Seabiscuit Cafe float, the 7th Heaven Salon and Spa float, and Mary's Bistro's unicycle riding chicken.

The Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Grand Parade is recognized as one of the few parades in North America powered by horses.

Above: Fort Mackinac historic interpreters cheer on the remaining floats after they finish marching in the 2009 Lilac Festival Parade. The interpreters played a period game with hoops and sticks during the parade and used their sticks to make noise after they finished. Pictured (from left) are LeeAnn Ewer, Shannon Larsen, Claire Herhold, Hillary Pine, Amy Pavlov, and Erin Hemming. Above: Fort Mackinac historic interpreters cheer on the remaining floats after they finish marching in the 2009 Lilac Festival Parade. The interpreters played a period game with hoops and sticks during the parade and used their sticks to make noise after they finished. Pictured (from left) are LeeAnn Ewer, Shannon Larsen, Claire Herhold, Hillary Pine, Amy Pavlov, and Erin Hemming. At right: Mary Wojcik as Jambalaya the Clown in the Lilac Festival parade. (Photograph by Robert Benjamin) At right: Mary Wojcik as Jambalaya the Clown in the Lilac Festival parade. (Photograph by Robert Benjamin) Below: Crowds watch the approach of Dave Brugger, of "Brugger's Other Farm," Sunday, June 14. Walking beside the float is Sherry Renner, dressed as an organ grinder. Following behind, dressed as a monkey, is Ancel Renner. The parade traveled down Main Street from Mission Point to Windermere Point. Below: Crowds watch the approach of Dave Brugger, of "Brugger's Other Farm," Sunday, June 14. Walking beside the float is Sherry Renner, dressed as an organ grinder. Following behind, dressed as a monkey, is Ancel Renner. The parade traveled down Main Street from Mission Point to Windermere Point.

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