Heritage Parade Returns to National Cherry Festival

The festivities continue.

This year marks 90 years of the National Cherry Festival.

Even though many things have changed over nine decades, the festival has made sure to continue many great traditions.

Tuesday was all about celebrating the heritage of the region.

Tuesday afternoon the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians were the focus as they performed a Native American Pow Wow.

And to celebrate Heritage Day, the return of the Heritage Parade at the National Cherry Festival.

The parade hasn’t been in the festival for more than eight years.

9&10’s Veronica Meadows was there for the parade’s return and explains why it’s so special for those involved.

The heritage parade is over and done with here in Traverse City.

But just a few hours ago hundreds of people lined Front and Union streets to welcome back the long time National Cherry Festival tradition.

This was the first time in more than eight years that the Heritage Parade went on.

Manpower and a lack of resources made it impossible to put on the Heritage Day Parade.

But Tuesday night, more than 80 classic cars, tractors and other things celebrating our region’s history made their way down the Traverse City streets.

“I think this is great fun. I’m glad to have it back again we’ve missed it these last couple years,” says Director of OASIS and chairman of float committee, Jan Phillips. “It’s fun to do. I love the old tractors the cherry shakers the cars the whole atmosphere of the heritage parade I think it’s been missed by a lot of people.”

Jeff Needham, the director of the National Cherry Festival parades, says if they have the resources they will put the parade on again next year.

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