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Ferris to Participate in Annual Cherry Royale Parade

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State University is gearing up to once again show off its “cherry” attitude with plans to participate in the annual Cherry Royale Parade at 11:15 a.m. July 11.

An annual activity in conjunction with the Cherry Festival, the Ferris Cheerleading team and beloved mascot, Brutus, will march through downtown Traverse City showing their Bulldog pride.

“As a member of the community by offering courses in Traverse City, Ferris takes pride in participating in this celebration,” said Susan Starkey, assistant director of Marketing and Communications at Ferris. “Along with Big Rapids and Traverse City, Ferris offers courses state-wide in 20 different locations.”

Celebrating Ferris’ 125th anniversary, Ferris Alumni also will join the celebration by walking in the parade and handing out dog bone-shaped candy and bulldog stickers. Ferris’ “wrapped” car also will go along for a ride down the parade circuit displaying photos of the university.

The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City is held July 4 through 11 to celebrate cherries and to promote tourism and community involvement.

Along with a parade, activities include free events for kids such as an arts and crafts fair, prince and princess program, cherry pie eating contest, fireworks, a pet show and turtle races. Adults can join in on the festivities as well with wine tasting, a Cherries Grand Buffet, musical performances, a family car and truck show, air shows, and golf.