Thousands of people lined the streets of Chassell on Saturday morning to watch the Strawberry Parade. The parade is a cornerstone of the 66th Strawberry Festival which is said to be the longest running festival in Michigan. People show up hours before the parade to get the best spot to see school bands, queen contestants, and the citizens of the year among other groups ride down the street. Parade goers have plenty of fond memories from past strawberry festivals.
" I recall, and I'm telling my age more or less, but I can remember when G. Mennen Williams was Governor and he came here to crown the queen," Longtime Parade Goer Marlene Houle said.
Marlene says she can even remember the very first Strawberry Festival. The festival is sponsored by the Lions Club and is usually held the weekend after the Fourth of July.