Monday, June 15, 2009

Parade Day

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:
And the King!

It was great fun, as always and another parade to look forward to next year.


  1. The lilac photo is gorgeous! Looking at it, I can almost smell that wonderful scent. divine.
    The parade looks like lots of fun!

  2. Looks like a great parade~lots of fun. I miss lilacs, they don't do so well in the South. Your photo is gorgeous~I can almost smell them from here.