Lilac Festival Grand Parade

2023 Parade Winners!
Stella King Award: Mission Point Resort
Most Spirit: Mackinac Girl Scout Troop #327
Best Parade Float: The Inn at Stonecliffe
Best Equine Act: Freedom Hill Hy-lite
Best Musical Group: Mackinac Island Community Theatre as a part of Mackinac Arts Council
Best Walking/Biking Group: Mackinac Island Post Office USPS

Sunday, June 18th. Lineup begins at 3:00 pm, parade starts at 4:00 pm.
Considered a Local Legacy Event by the United States Library of Congress, this festival finale has marching bands, horse-drawn floats, the Lilac Queen and Court, clowns, various groups and other parade participants to help wrap up the end of our fabulous festival week!

LILAC FESTIVAL PARADE FAQ

WHEN IS THE PARADE?

Sunday, June 18th. Lineup begins at 3:00 pm, parade starts at 4:00 pm.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE PARADE?

Click here to download the Lilac Festival Parade general rules.

Click here to fill out the Lilac Festival Parade application online!

WHAT IS THE COST TO BE IN THE PARADE?

No cost! It is free to participate in the parade, but you must complete the application. If you arrange a dray or a carriage, there may be a fee to use these services.

DO I HAVE TO BE A MACKINAC ISLAND BUSINESS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE?

No! Businesses and organizations from outside of Mackinac Island are welcome to participate, with the exception of elected officials, who must be currently in office and invited by the Lilac Festival Committee. The Lilac Festival Committee has the right to refuse entry if potential participants don’t meet entry guidelines.

WHAT IS THE PARADE ROUTE?

The parade begins at Mission Point Resort and follows M-185 to Main Street and ends at Windermere Point.

HOW DO I PICK UP MY TICKETS IF I’M A PARADE PARTICIPANT?

Complimentary round-trip ferry tickets are provided for all parade participants. Tickets can be picked up from the ticket booth at the respective ticket office on the mainland.  Tickets will be arranged after your application is received and sent to steph@mackinacisland.org

WE’RE A MARCHING BAND, IS THERE A SPOT TO STORE OUR INSTRUMENTS AHEAD OF THE PARADE?

Yes. We have a supervised storage spot available for all instruments and parade participants. We will provide more information if needed.

I’M INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING.

Great! All volunteers will receive a complimentary round-trip ferry ticket and must be available 2:30 – 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 18th. Please contact steph@mackinacisland.org for more details.

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