Three Rivers holds first Water Festival parade since 2019

Hundreds lined the streets of Three Rivers as the annual Water Festival parade made its triumphant return Thursday, June 17, after last year’s festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. Dozens of floats made their way down West Michigan Avenue and onto North Main Street in downtown Three Rivers, returning some sense of normalcy to onlookers after a year of recommended isolation and social distancing to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that has taken the lives of over 4 million people globally.

This year’s Water Festival will continue through Saturday evening culminating with a fireworks display at approximately 10:25 p.m., weather permitting. The following gallery was composed and curated by Deborah Haak-Frost.

Deborah Haak-Frost is the Caretaker for Community Engagement at GilChrist Retreat Center in Three Rivers, volunteers at World Fare and with *culture is not optional, a Three Rivers-based community development organization. Alek Haak-Frost is executive editor of Watershed Voice.