Loyalty Day parade returns April 26
STANDISH — The annual Loyalty Day parade hosted by the Standish Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter will step off from Airpark Drive April 26 at noon.
Longtime parade organizer Marilyn Metiva said parade participants will march or ride down M-61 through downtown Standish, with the route ending at Standish Elementary. She said spectators can expect to see veterans groups, floats, cars, political candidates, civic organizations and first responders in the parade.
“It’s just people showing their patriotism,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing and hopefully we can keep it up.”
Jack Simmet will be the parade marshal this year, according to Metiva.
“Every year we try to get somebody that’s kind of active in the community, and every year Jack has helped us put the stakes out for the lineup,” she said. “He’s helped us down at Airpark Drive with the lineup. We thought, ‘He’s been active with the parade,’ so we asked him to be the parade marshal.”
The junior and senior buddy poppy princesses, Maria and Hannah Harrow of Pinconning, will also participate in the parade, Metiva said. She said buddy poppy princesses are selected for the parade each year.
“They’re chosen from our auxiliary members, either children or grandchildren,” she said.
Metiva said unlike past years, there will not be carnival rides and games at Standish Elementary after the parade. However, a short program is scheduled to be held at the elementary following the parade.
A luncheon will be held at the VFW hall after the parade. Awards for best floats, best marching units and more will be presented at the luncheon. All who participate in the parade can attend the awards luncheon, and there is a $3 charge to attend for people who did not participate in the parade.
As of Thursday, April 17, there were 36 parade entries. Metiva said more are welcome, and that people can sign up for the parade by calling her at 989-846-4108.
The Standish VFW has held the Loyalty Day parade annually since 1972.