Harrison Township Gets Colorful with Their Annual Parade of Lights
By: Scott Davis
July 29, 2019
Returning for its sixth year, the Harrison Township Parade of Lights has quickly become a shining example of what a community based event should be.
More than 20 boats will ride down the Clinton River in bright lights and creative decorations on Saturday, August 3. The special event will begin at 9 p.m. at Markley Marina with the parade traveling to Bridgeview, out to Harley Ensign Boating Access, and then back to Markley Marina. You can view the event at Harley Ensign Memorial Launch, Crews Inn and Bumper’s Landing.
The boats will be led once again by the Pride of Michigan, the 81 foot Yard Patrol vessel from the Noble Odyssey Foundation. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three boats as voted by judges, along with a residential winner for those with the best decorated yard along the Clinton River.
Not only is the event special for all of the beautiful sights and sounds, but the parade also raises money for a noteworthy cause every year. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Stilson Speciality Center. Last year’s event raised $12,800 for Detroit Dog Rescue, and with a growing interest in the community, the parade is expected to raise even more for the specialty center.
Julie Angst, manager at Markley Marine and event organizer, believes that a big part of the parade’s growing success is the immense support from local businesses.
“Without all of the great local businesses helping us, this event would not be taking place. We commend everything these businesses do for this event and the community at large,” Angst said.
More than 40 local businesses are helping to keep this event afloat and donating to the children at the Stilson Speciality Center. This year’s co-sponsors, who gave more than $1,000, include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Huron Pointe Excavating, and Lori’s Lick ‘Em Up Ice Cream.
Between the beautiful lights on the water, creative decorations on display, community enthusiasm, and generosity from the greater Harrison Township community, the Parade of Lights continues to be a bright light for residents every summer.
“It’s an awesome sight to see every year and I’m always blown away by the extraordinary boats,” Angst said. “It’s great to see the community get so enthusiastic about it.”
For more information on this weekend’s event, including images from previous participants, be sure to follow the group on Facebook. You can also visit Markley Marine’s website for more details and information on upcoming events.