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 overseas each team and there are captains inside each team 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 now that we are back to three parades each festival.
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, not the National Cherry Festival. We in the parade world celebrated 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.
CONSUMERS ENERGY HERITAGE PARADE
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 is back! The communities wanted the event to return to the National Cherry Festival. The Heritage Parade is sponsored by Consumers Energy and presented by Hagerty.
The Heritage Parade marching time is approximately 50 mins from start to finish.
TOUCHSTONE ENERGY JUNIOR ROYALE PARADE
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. The Junior Royale Parade is sponsored by Touchstone Energy.
The Junior Royale Parade is approximately two-hours; marching time is approximately 35 minutes from start to finish.
DTE ENERGY CHERRY ROYALE PARADE
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 sponsored by DTE Energy.
Cherry Royale Parade marching time from start to finish is approximately 50 minutes.
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