The Perry 200 will hold a Grand Patriotic Parade on Saturday, May 25th at 1 PM that will follow a 1.8 mile route in downtown Erie, from 12th and Cherry Streets going east to 4th and State Streets. This historic event will honor the 200th Anniversary of Commodore Perry’s Naval Victory over the British in the War of 1812.
This Grand Patriotic Parade is shaping up to be an event that this community will not soon forget. There will be around 25 bands of all shapes and sizes performing, with some of them traveling from Canada. Among the participating bands include the Preston Scout House Alumni Band, the Toronto Signals, and Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Corps, one of Philadelphia’s award-winning Mummer’s String Bands, as well as the 10-time World Champion Junior Corps – the Cadets!
Around 50 floats will be featured in the parade, showcasing Erie’s diverse ethnic communities and civic organizations. A special attraction will be 9 large helium balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, made famous by the Macy’s Parade. Grand Marshal Governor Tom Corbett will head the parade, along with Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, County Executive Barry Grossman, and other national, state, and local political officials. In all, the parade will be the largest and most diverse celebration ever seen on the streets of Erie! The entire Perry 200 Celebration has become a huge source of pride for our region, and the parade on this Memorial Day weekend will likely be one of the high points of the entire year.
Additional highlights in Perry Square:
- Opening Ceremonies with the Erie Thunderbirds at 1:20 p.m.
- Concert after the parade featuring five of the visiting drum & bugle corps.
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