The Red Flannel Festival will be holding a brand new event on September 23—a nighttime firefighter parade—honoring those amazing heroes who put their lives on the line for us each and every day! The parade, consisting of firefighters, police, and other emergency vehicles, will begin about 9:30 p.m., after the Cedar Springs High School Varsity football game.
Staging will take place at the middle school off Northland Drive and 16 Mile. Vehicles will then travel to Red Hawk Elementary (off E. Muskegon) near the tennis courts, proceed north on First St, west on Elm, south on Main Street and west on E. Muskegon, and back to the school driveway by the tennis courts.
The vehicles will travel that route twice, once with sirens and lights flashing, and the second time in silence.
Free, small American flags will be distributed downtown by the Festival Board of Directors.
At least eight departments have confirmed they will be in the parade (including Cedar Springs), and Red Flannel Treasurer Heather Zenker is expecting more to register by the parade date.
“This is an exciting way to honor our local firefighters, the many outstanding volunteers who keep us safe,” said Zenker. “The Red Flannel Festival Board is proud to host the first event in downtown Cedar Springs and hope to make it an annual event.”