We hope you enjoy this abbreviated version of the
Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 115 No. 48- In our 115th year!
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Bavarian Parade is back!
Nearly 80 entries expected for this Sunday's parade
The Bavarian Sunday Parade is back for the 62nd annual Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival, as well as the Kinder Tag Parade.
The parade is set for 1pm Sunday, June 13, and will stage on Churchgrove Road, travel east on West Genesee Street, then south on South Main Street, and then east on East Jefferson Street where it will disband at Weiss Street.
The 2021 theme is 𠇏ounding #FunTown: A 175th Celebration. Olivia Howard is this year’s parade chairperson and she is also the Civic Events Council (CEC) second vice president.
“The 2021 Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Parade is back!” exclaimed Howard. “I know I can probably speak for all of Frankenmuth, but the unofficial holiday of ‘Parade Sunday’ was so missed last year.”
In 2020, the Bavarian Festival Past Presidents organized a small parade, with music, the Bavarian Princess and Court and a few smaller floats. The parade assembled at Dennis Krafft’s home on Churchgrove Road and wound its way north to south through the city’s subdivisions, ending up in Heritage Park for a chicken barbecue.
Howard is pleased with the float and unit entries, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing.
“This year’s parade will feature nearly 80 entries, which is more than we originally anticipated. With COVID protocols changing as fast as a German drinks a beer, we expected only about half of the entries we normally have, so seeing such a large number is really encouraging,” Howard said.
The parade will have many of the tried-and-true units as well as musical entertainment. The Frankenmuth High School Marching Band will be a part of the parade.
“Some of the highlights in the 2021 parade include the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and School as the parade marshal, a tribute to the Herzog, Nickless and Williams families, and some fan favorites including the Frankentrost Band, Great Lakes Drum Corps and Plymouth Fife and Drum Corp, and of course, royalty from across the state,” Howard noted.
St. Lorenz was chosen and the church was founded in 1845 and with it, the beginning of Frankenmuth 175 years ago. The late Jim “Julio” Herzog and Jim Williams, along with Charlie Nickless, were all past presidents and instrumental in organizing the front end of the parade for many years as well as staking the unit sites on Saturday morning. Williams passed away earlier this year. Nickless will be back to blow the official whistle to start the parade at 1pm sharp.
“We can’t wait to see everyone out there safely and having a good time on Sunday!” Howard stated.
The Kinder Tag Parade will be held on Saturday, June 12, beginning at 10am. The parade will assemble in the south parking lot of Frankenmuth River Place and travel north on South Main Street, disbanding as Cass Street.
All Frankenmuth-area children are invited to participate in the parade by decorating their bikes and trikes, small motorized vehicles, walking pets, rollerblading or creating a small float. As usual, the children are welcome with parental supervision.
“We will have many of the large trucks back this year, including fire trucks, city trucks, garbage truck and more,” CEC Immediate Past President Tom Quackenbush said.
The Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland float will make its debut a day ahead of Sunday’s parade and it is always award winning. List Elementary School is expected to participate in singing and the Bavarian Princess Court will also be a part of the parade, along with local mascots.
There is no cost to participate in the parade.
Michael, not Rummel ......
As mistakes go, this was a big one. On the front page of the June 2, 2021 issue of the Frankenmuth News, the Frankenmuth High School Class of 2021 valedictorian was incorrectly identified in the headline as Rummel.
The correct name of the valedictorian is Gabrielle Michael. While she was correctly named throughout the article as Gabrielle Michael, that headline is heart-stopping.
Larry, Randi and Gabrielle Michael have been beyond gracious in their contact with us after we informed them of the mistake about to hit the newsstands. Rummel is a family name close to the Michaels, which only somewhat explains but does not excuse the error. Our staff has several levels of proofreading before the pages go to press, and we failed on each level.
The News staff extends heartfelt and sincere apologies to the Michael family for this regrettable error.