National Cherry Festival Wraps up with Cherry Royale Parade


It’s the end of Traverse City’s biggest week.

The National Cherry Festival is over.

It’s end marked by one last blow-out of a parade.

“It’s bigger and crazier than ever!” said Traverse City resident Wayne King. “We never miss the parade at the end of the festival, because it’s the end of the cherry festival.”

The parade had more than 100 floats, including service men and women, trucks, cars, convertibles, the Cherry Queen, handmade floats, and pillars of the community.

It’s a celebration for greater Traverse City and its visitors, too.

“People from all over the world are here today,” said King. “This is such a big deal for this area, I wish it went on a little bit longer.”

The trucks are packing up, but the cherries aren’t going anywhere

“This is huge for the economy,” said Traverse City resident Hank Burch. “It’s huge for Traverse City, it’s helped it grow.”

King says he won’t miss the traffic in town, but he will miss the festival.

“I wish it went on a little bit longer,” said King.

“I think everybody benefits when we have people here for the summer,” said Burch.

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