2014-06-14 / Breaking News

Parade Is Sunday

The annual Lilac Festival Parade will be Sunday, June 15, at 4 p.m.

The parade, recognized by the Library of Congress as a Local Legacy Event, will begin at Mission Point and travel along Main Street to end at Windermere Point. Spectators can view the parade anywhere along this route.

The parade typically features between 55 and 70 floats. Leading the spectacle will be Don “The Duck” Andress, a descendent of Chief Mackinac, on horseback and carrying the American flag.

Mr. Andress fits into a specific order that parades follow called the “order of march,” said organizer Mary McGuire Slevin.

“You start with the history of the place, which is Duck and the Chippewa Indians, then military, our Coast Guard, veterans, and then [rest of] the parade can begin...To me, that’s the most important part of the parade, because it shows our history,” Ms. McGuire Slevin said.

Every year, festival organizers determine a parade theme and this year’s will be mythologically inspired.

The Pulaski High School Red Raiders, a marching band that performed in the Rose Bowl parade, will be among bands to participate this year.

Another visiting student group the parade will feature is the Metropolitan Boys Choir from Minneapolis.

Local talent will include many businesses and organizations like Mackinac Wheels that will perform trick-riding skills. Prior to the parade, several bands will entertain crowds at Marquette Park, including the Patrick Sinclair Scottish Tattoo that will perform stirring marches and the Scottville Clown Band at 3 p.m.

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I will always remember the

I will always remember the lilacs from my visit to the lovely island last year. Wish I could be there for the parade.
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