National Cherry Festival Junior Royale Parade Puts Spotlight on Kids

The weather could not have been better across Northern Michigan to celebrate the 4th of July.

Along with celebrating the 4th of July, the Junior Royale Parade is a great reason to get down to the National Cherry Festival!

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Junior Royale Parade puts a spotlight on Traverse City’s youngsters.

“This is all about the kids. So this is where the first glimpse of all the school floats are going to come unveiled tonight, so its’ really cool,” said National Cherry Festival Director of Parades Jeff Needham.

A float for each of the area’s elementary schools topped with a prince and princess, like Courtade Elementary School’s Harlow Johnson.

“I’m excited because I get to be on the float, like, sit there and get to wave,” said Harlow.

This year’s theme is board games!

“It has a lot of fake candy on there so, like, you can — for like Candyland because we’re putting a lot of candy for the candy places,” Harlow told us.

Jeff explained, “The prince and princess pick the theme. They also pick the position that the schools are in for how they line up.”

The parade runs down Front Street to Union, then up to 7th Street, and ends at Pine Street.

With crowds expected to include around 40,000 people, the National Cherry Festival’s director of parades has some advice for anyone coming down to watch.

“Bring lots of bottles of water and wear your sunscreen because it’s going to be hot, real hot,” cautioned Jeff.

Grab your lawn chairs and make your way down to the parade route, as the sidewalks fill up quickly!

If you miss Thursday’s Junior Royale Parade, the DTE Foundation Cherry Royale Parade is this Saturday. So come down and see us, because the entire 9&10 News team will be walking in that parade!


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