Michiana celebrates Memorial Day

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

The pride of the west side was alive and well on Monday morning at the annual South Bend Memorial Day Parade.

This was the 91st annual parade.

Back in 2006 the parade was nearly shut down with a lack of volunteers.

This year there were about 100 entries, from organizations primarily from the west side of South Bend, but included entries from all over Michiana.

The area high school marching bands played songs, and there was an authentic Studebaker car.

Plus one float featured mariachis.. Promoting the area's two f-m latino radio stations.

The parade started in the parking lot of the old Kmart off of Western Avenue, traveled east on Ford, and ended on Olive Street.

In Mishawaka, thousands gathered for Mishawaka’s Annual Memorial Day tradition on Monday morning.

The festivities started at 9 a.m. at Main and Third Street.

It's the city's 65th year of honoring military member's service to our country.

This year's theme was Honoring American's Unsung Heroes, including everything from classic cars to full blown military vehicles.

The festivities concluded at Battell Park.

In Osceola, folks got started bright and early with their parade themed Honoring All our Heroes.

The streets were packed as the floats and participants prepared to march around 8 a.m.

It is an Osceola tradition for families and friends to share tailgate breakfasts.

Awards were given out for best classic cars, marching units, and floats.

Feed the Hungry also used the opportunity to collect non-perishables for those in need with a tractor-trailer parade unit.

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