Everyone loves a parade! And the annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade is certainly gearing up to be a good one, especially with the recent announcement of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan as a special guest. Let’s just say you won’t want to miss the 2018 event.
“I’m so happy to visit St. Clair Shores and be part of its long-standing tradition of recognizing the sacrifice of our service men and women through the parade,” said Kerrigan, whose late father was a U.S. Army veteran. “I also welcome the chance to honor our veterans and the cherished memories we have of our fallen heroes.”
The 66th annual SCS parade will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. along Harper Ave. from Ridgeway to 11 Mile Road. 85,000 attendees are expected along the parade route, assembled to view the more than 130 entries. Those include:
- World War II veteran Vito “Bill” Pellegrino, who will lead the parade as its grand marshall
- Military and veteran entries, including the Arsenal of Democracy, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, the St. Clair Shores Police Honor Guard, Tuskegee Airmen, the Montford Point Marines of America, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Blue Star Mothers
- The Motorcity Skydiving Team, who will kick off the parade with a jump at the beginning of the route
- Mickey Lolich and Mickey Stanley, members of the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers, who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this win
- Marching bands, including the Plymouth Fife and Drum Corp., Great Lakes Drum Corp. Alumni, 126th Army Band, 5th Michigan Regiment Band and several local high school bands
- Beauty queens, including Miss Wayne County, Romeo Peach Queen, Miss Lighthouse Coast, Miss St. Clair Shores Scholarship Program and American Beauties Plus
- Entries that will celebrate Macomb County’s bicentennial, including the Macomb County Sheriff’s Mounted Division, Lake Shore High School Dance Team, Rotary Club of Macomb County, Miss Richmond Good Old Days, Macomb County Veteran Navigator and the Roseville Police Department
- A spectacular birthday cake float for the Macomb County bicentennial celebration, created by The Parade Company and made possible by generous sponsors. Volunteers from Macomb County will walk alongside to pass out candy. Be sure to keep an eye out for this exciting entry!
“It’s the strongest lineup in the history of the parade,” said Dave Rubello, parade entry chairman, “It’s the largest contingent of military entries, at 30, in any volunteer-run Memorial Day parade in the United States.”
“The Parade Committee has put together a variety of entries – from the Detroit Parade Company “Big Heads” to the heart-warming bagpipe sounds from the Macomb Highlanders and our neighbors across the border, the Windsor Police Pipe Band,” said Cheryl Furdos, parade chair. “There will be many musical entries, local celebrities, state and local legislators, civic groups and so much more — something for everyone.”
The SCS parade committee is still looking for volunteers willing to help along the parade route. Those interested can sign up here.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.