DAVISON, MI — The Festival of Flags in Davison kicked off Wednesday evening with a parade down Main Street after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parade drew hundreds to downtown Davison as they watched more than 100 vehicles from 46 participants ride through town.
The event began around 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, with participants making their way down Main Street from Fourth to Clark Street.
The parade featured dozens of local organizations and businesses and each was announced by an emcee about halfway through the route.
Although not a Davison resident, Brian Slayton has attended the parade every year with his son and is excited to attend events like this again.
“Everybody’s able to get out and about finally,” said Slayton. “It was dreadful just sitting around the house not being able to go anywhere (during the pandemic).”
Davison Downtown Development Authority event coordinator Jessica Abraham believes community support will be up from years past.
Abraham said in the past week she has received 50-100 phone calls regarding the festival.
“I think people are excited to resume some sort of normalcy,” said Abraham.
Stephanie Thomas, vice-chair of the Davison DDA, is happy the community is able to host events again after getting the go-ahead a few months ago.
“I’m so happy we’re able to do things in the community again,” said Thomas. “The Davison community is happy to support their town.”
There will be entertainment tents with live music, and free food. Carnival rides will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Friday night will cap off with a fireworks display off the hill by the Davison Dog Park, with a rain-date set for Saturday.
Market in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday by the grand pavilion and will offer the chance for local businesses to come out and promote their products and services.
For a complete list of events, click here.
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