NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL PARADES
The National Cherry Festival Parade Committee is made up of community volunteers who spend time throughout the year to bring you the best Parades possible. The committee is made up of five teams, Logistics, Operations, Marketing/Information, Judging, and Recruitment. There is an assistant director of parades who oversea each team and there are captains inside each time as well. We are a tight family of volunteers who strive to make sure the parades foster the best family entertainment possible. We are constantly growing, especially as we are adding back the Heritage Parade. We welcome you to join our family of Parades under the “Get Involved” tab.
The time honored tradition of the parades dates back to the first blossom festival, no the National Cherry Festival. So we in the parade world celebrate 90 years of parades in 2016.
The Cherry Royale Parade broke the all-time record in 1975, boasting 180 entries and attended by over 300,000 people. President Gerald Ford, a Michigan native and former Congressman, led the parade as Grand Marshal.
Honoring the history of our community and the cherry industry this parade is truly a tribute to the community of northern Michigan. The Heritage Parade returns after several years as the communities most wanted event to return to the National Cherry Festival. The Heritage Parade is being sponsored by Consumers Energy. The parade marching time is approximately 50 mins from start to finish.
Known as one of the largest children’s parade in Michigan, the Junior Royale Parade is highlighted with kid friendly floats, Junior Royalty, clowns, marching units and more. This year the Junior Royale Parade is again sponsored by Touchstone Energy. The parade is approximately two-hours; marching time is approximately 35 minutes from start to finish.
The “grand daddy” of the Festival parades! Floats, Festival Royalty, and numerous marching units make up this three-hour parade. The Cherry Royale Parade is again sponsored by DTE Energy. Marching time from start to finish is approximately 50 minutes.
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