Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade: Division 6

On Saturday afternoon (May 25) the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was held in downtown Erie, PA.   The parade is one of many events to be held as part of Erie’s Perry 200 Commemoration that honors the 200th Anniversary of Commodore Oliver Perry’s defeat of the British in the War of 1812.  The 1.8 mile parade route traveled east on 12th Street from Cherry to 3rd and State Street through downtown Erie.  This historic parade featured more than 20 bands, numerous floats, several marching units, antique cars, giant helium-filled cartoon and patriotic balloons and more.  The Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was the largest and most diverse celebration ever seen on the streets of Erie!

There were  nine parade divisions — one division for each of the nine American vessels that fought in the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813.  I will showcase photographs from each division in nine separate blog posts.  This blog post showcases photographs from Division 6.

P5251121 4x6Erie Homes for Children and Adults float

P5251122 4x6 Wacongo (African Drums Musical Unit)

This musical unit was vibrant and full of life.  I enjoyed listening to the drums and watching the dancers perform.

P5251123 4x6There were a few historical figures, pertinent to Erie’s past,
that walked in the parade as well.

P5251125 4x6Jerrold the Bookworm Balloon

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The Romantic Era band

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This 7-piece pop rock band energized the parade participants.

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Commodore Perry Yacht Club parade participants

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Ft Lebeouf High School Band

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P5251137 4x6Erie Housing Authority float

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