It seems that nearly every small town has it's signature festival, on Mackinac it's the Lilac Festival.
Mackinac lilacs are special; our very favorable growing conditions allow very, old, large, fragrant bushes, trees really! Lilac Festival has evolved into a ten day long celebration, culminating in a parade on the final day. Being Mackinac, of course no cars are allowed, but we manage quite nicely without them.
The parade traditionally begins with "Duck"Andress (a descendant of Chief Mackinac) in the lead, carrying the flag:
We have a variety of bands:
Including this bunch of clowns - the Scottsville Clown Band, whose signature piece includes a bump and grind.
Lots of horses, of course:
or bartenders pretending to be horses!
Beauty queens are always a part of the parade, here's the Northern Michigan Beach Queens:
It was great fun, as always and another parade to look forward to next year.