DTE Foundation Cherry Royale Parade Welcomes Red Wings’ Mickey Redmond as Grand Marshal

Thousands of people came to enjoy a National Cherry Festival tradition Saturday morning on Front Street.


It was the final of three parades, the DTE Foundation Cherry Royale Parade

The parade featured 120 floats with thousands in attendance.

“And it’s just amazing to see all the people, smiles on their faces,” Red Wings announcer Mickey Redmond said.

Big smiles, booming music and lots and lots of floats cruised down Front Street Saturday; it’s a tradition that’s been a part of every National Cherry Festival.

“Well everybody loves the parade, I mean it’s a community involvement, community coming together, says director of parades, Jeff Needham.

And this year’s grand marshal was Detroit Red Wings legend Mickey Redmond

“It took me about 30 seconds just to check my schedule to make sure I didn’t have a conflict and then it was like, let’s go, we can’t wait. You can’t help but to have a good time when you’re up here,” Redmond said.

More than 100 groups were in the line up, including your 9&10 News team. It gave local schools a chance to tap into their creative spirits.

“The theme this year is board games, and we got chosen for the battle ship, so just collaborating, trying to come up with an idea we could demonstrate that,” said Crystal Gober who helped build a float for Immaculate Conception School.

And the kids all agree…“The candy!” Is one of the best parts.

For some it’s a long tradition…

“It’s like the best way to celebrate the Fourth of July, end of the week and to see everybody here it’s the most fun, best fun in the world,” says Pam Niebrzydowski, coming to parade for more than 12 years.

And others are experiencing it for the first time.

“We’ve heard about it for years and years but never been up so we’re happy to be a part of it this year,” says Alex Weick, who just moved to Traverse City with his family.

One couple started out in the parade as children and now bring their own family.

“Just being on it myself and just seeing the little kids the same age I was back in the day, so it’s very special,” says Matt Duwe, who lives in Hudsonville, Michigan.

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