The coronavirus pandemic couldn’t cancel the Royal Cherry Parade again this year, but it did bring it to a halt.
Instead of 150 floats rolling through downtown Traverse City, the parade stood still at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, with about 40 entries.
This year, the fans of the parade were on the move, honking and waving at the floats parked along the side of the road.
It was not the same parade festival goers were use to, but it gave them some sense of normalcy during the pandemic.
“The planning started before the restrictions lifted so we wanted to be able to celebrate that Junior royalty and all our local elementary schools that missed out last year and really give them the space and the room to be safe but still to have all that excitement that surrounds the parade,” said Bailey Judson of the National Cherry Festival.
Organizers say they are expecting to have the full parade downtown next summer.