The 68th Mackinac Island Lilac Festival Parade
was held on June 12, 2016 and consisted of 60 parade entries and 12 floats.
In addition to horses, carriages and wagons from Mackinac Island, Anvil
Acres and Rice's Percherons were brought to Mackinac Island to participate
in the parade.
The parade was led by the family of Don Andress, Carl
Andress, and Jamie Andress, who are direct descendants of Chief Mackinac,
as well as Don Keith and Darold Keith, descendants of Chief Pontiac and
Chief Okemos. Don Andress led the Lilac Festival Parade every year starting
in 1972, but passed away in 2018.
Thank you to the Chippewa Hotel for allowing us to photograph
the parade from their 2nd story roof and to the Mackinac Island Convention
Visitors Bureau for making arrangements and providing the Parade Lineup.
Donald "Duck" Andress and his family leading the Lilac Parade
Don and Darold Keith
The Wisdom Keepers - Breanna White, Bill White, Branden Keith
United States Coast Guard Station St. Ignace Color Guard
American Legion Post 299 Color Guard
Mackinac Island American Legion Post 299 Veterans
Mayor Margret Doud of Mackinac Island and Mayor Connie Litzner of St.
Lilac Festival Queen Peyton Waaso and her court, Cheyla Shunk,
Grace Yakuber and Lilac Princess Luna Stamy.
Mackinac Island Photos &
copyright 2016-2023 by Keith