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 9.
The Port Dover Museum Puppets were a surprise to me. In addition to the big helium balloons, I had never seen puppets of this size before.
The last big helium balloon in the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade was Michael the Eagle balloon.
Thus concludes my coverage of the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Parade. I do believe attendance at this parade to be a once-in-a-lifetime event for me. I am so happy that Bob and I were able to see this parade!
My coverage of the parade has ended; however, I wanted to share one more photograph with you. As I am sure you noticed, it was a beautiful day for a parade. The evening ended beautifully as well.