2017 National Cherry Festival Parades Theme:

"Northern Michigan Activities"

Parade Committee

Jeff-Needham_5890_600Jeff Needham
Director of Parades
Festival Foundation Board Member
Principal – Carter-Needham-Hathaway & Associates / Farm Bureau Insurance



Deward-Knapp-updated_5886_600Deward R. Knapp
Assistant Director of Parades – Logistics
President – Contractors You Can Trust



Rich Duell
Assistant Director of Parades – Operations

Kay Hall
Assistant Director of Parades Administrative Assistant

Hannah Bouwmeester
Assistant Director of Parades – Marketing

Micki-Gee_5887_600Micki Durocher
Consumers Energy Heritage Parade – Captain




Kyle-Clute_5879_600LT Kyle Clute
Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade – Captain
Fire and Life Safety Public Educator – Grand Traverse Metro Fire



Eric-Niezgoda_5882_600Eric Niezgoda
DTE Energy Foundation Cherry Royale Parade – Captain
General Manager – Sparkle Wash of Northwest Michigan



Michael-Pensinger_5884_600Michael Pensinger
Logistics – Route & Information Captain
Grand Traverse House of Prayer



Mark_Soper_Headshot-BillMarsh_600Mark Soper
Logistics – Vehicle Captain
Bill Marsh Auto



Don & Dottie Dooley
Operations – Mobile Command Captains

Parade Committee Partners & Contributors

Classic Motor Sports
Nature & Me R.V.
Carter Needham Hathaway - Farm Bureau Insurance Traverse City
Contractors You Can Trust, LLC
Sparkle Wash of Northwest Michigan
Kay Hall Transitional Life Coach

Lineups Are Live 2017 Staging Maps Posted!