Michigan City Patriot Parade a Huge Success

The theme for this year’s Michigan City Patriotic Parade was “United We Stand,” and the community came together and showed that unity and patriotism are still alive and well in Michigan City.

“What an incredible display of patriotism,” said Terry Greetham, Michigan City’s director of special events. “It was really moving for me to see our community come together and put our differences aside to celebrate our independence. It’s something we’ve needed for a long time and it’s been great to be a part of it.

This year’s parade featured several high school bands and several traditional floats, which hasn’t happened recently.

“The pandemic has obviously had an impact on local high school orchestras over the past few years, but it’s great to see them back in the parade,” Greetham said. “We also had a great display of floats from local businesses and non-profit organizations. You can see people putting a lot of time and effort into building these beautiful floats. Next year the goal is to double the bands and double the floats.
Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry was very pleased with the event. “Our community came together in a grand way and showed the unity and patriotism that Michigan City is known for. What an incredible celebration of our independence!

Michigan City Special Events would like to thank everyone who participated in the Patriotic Parade, as well as everyone who came out to celebrate. The official awards presented are as follows:

Grand Champion – Washington Park Zoo

Car/Motorcycle Band:
First Place – Jeff Piotrowski 1966 MC Police Car First Place – New Prairie Marching Cougars
Second Place – Four A’s Car Club Second Place – LaPorte HS Marching Band
Third Place – The Guardian Riders Third Place – MCHS Wolf Pack Pride

Dance/Gymnastics Drill Team:
First Place – Lakeshore Performing Arts First Place – Michigan City Soul Steppers
Second Place – MCHS Cheerleaders Second Place – MCHS Marine Corps JROTC

Floating – Commercial Floating – Non-Profit:
First Place – Haunted Hills Hospital First Place – Grandma and Grandpa built a float
Second Place – LaPorte Community Federal CU Second Place – Community 203 Girl Scouts
Third Place – Robert Tylisz Device Third Place – Indiana State Prison
Equestrian:
First Place – Reins of Life
Second Place – LaPorte County Sheriff’s Posse

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