Really - who doesn't love a parade?
Mackinac Island's annual Lilac Festival always ends with a grand parade and that parade is always led by Don "Duck" Andress, a direct descendant of Chief Mackinac.
Interpreters from Fort Mackinac also participate, fife and drums playing all the way.
Several service organizations are represented, including future service dogs (the puppies are so cute!) and Greythounds of Eastern Michigan , a greyhound rescue group. Greyhounds are typically such elegant dogs, but they're willing to play dress up to be in the parade:
The theme of this year's parade was "Board Games" and many old favorites made an appearance.
Turtlopoly (AKA Monopoly):
Anyone who's been following Island politics will see the irony of that entry!
No parade is complete without marching bands:Parades always seem to attract queens too and we had a Cherry Queen, a Trout Queen, an Alpine Queen, out own Lilac Queen and also the "Northern Michigan Beach Queens":