The annual Grand Parade is a celebration of Put-in-Bay’s history, particularly its pivotal role in the War of 1812. It is the conclusion to the Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend. The parade itself will have many participants. Over 1,000 Boy Scouts participating in their camporee event will join the parade. So will high school marching bands from all around the region. There will be War of 1812 re-enactors, who will be performing in events all over the island over the weekend, joining in also. The captain of the USS Lake Erie, an active service United States Naval guided missile cruiser, will also be in attendance.

The vintage automobiles that take place in Put-in-Bay’s famous weekly Antique Car Parade will be part of the Grand Parade. Many local and regional dignitaries will also join the festivities.

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend

The Grand Parade serves as the concluding event of the Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend. This is a yearly event where everyone takes a moment to remember the events that happened at Put-in-Bay and on Lake Erie. It’s also an opportunity to educate about the massive historical significance of our town and island.

Other events of the weekend include a huge Boy Scout camping event on the east lawn of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Additionally, War of 1812 re-enactments take place on the island over the weekend. These are great all-ages entertainment. This is one of the best weekends of the season to bring the whole family up to Put-in-Bay. There are many, many events for children taking place.

If you’re interested in a fun, educational weekend getaway, check here for lodging information and book your stay today! There’s also plenty of non-historical activities for the whole family up on the island. If you’d like some more information about all the fun Put-in-Bay has to offer this weekend and every summer weekend, click here!