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2018 Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant

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Don’t miss the 56th Annual Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant on May 26-28, 2018 at historic Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant is a reenactment of the events that took place at Fort Michilimackinac with a story that begins with friendship, respect and cooperative trading between the Native Americans, French and the Voyageurs and Traders. Following the French and Indian War, the Fort comes under the rule of the British, who treat the Native Americans as servants. The great Ottawa Chief Pontiac calls for a war council and devises a blueprint to decimate the British, which includes the playing of an innocent baggataway game. Will Chief Pontiac’s plan succeed? You have to come to the Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant and see!

Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant

The Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant cast consists of community volunteers who portray British and French Soldiers, Colonial Women and Men, Native Americans and Voyageurs. The Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant is the longest running free Memorial Day historical program in U.S. More than 400 cast members take part in the three-day Memorial Day weekend pageant that brings to life the 1763 Fort Michilimackinac battle between the French, British, and Native Americans.

The Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant cast members are clad in period costumes and demonstrate the way of life for residents of Northern Michigan in the 1760s. A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day Parade through the streets of Mackinaw City that includes more than 100 bands, acts, and floats.

Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant Schedule (subject to change)
Saturday
9:00 am, Fort Michilimackinac opens, Voyageurs Shoot at the range (Windmill farms) (Sunday if rain)
1:00 pm, Grand Parade
3:00 pm, 18th Century fashion show, fort parade grounds
3:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac
8:30 pm, Fireside Activities Voyageurs Camp
Dusk, Fireworks display water front state dock area.
After fireworks, Camp Activities (Voyageurs Camp)

Sunday
9:00 am, Fort opens
9:30 am, Voyageurs Knive & Hawk (Voyageurs Camp)
10:30 am, Voyageurs children’s game, high school
2pm, 18th Century Mackinac Fashion Show, fort parade grounds
2:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac
4:30 pm,Voyageurs Other Competitions (Voyageurs Camp)

Monday
9:00 am, Fort opens
10:00 am, Memorial Day Service: Marina Park/Cemetery
2:00 pm, 18th Century Mackinac Fashion Show, fort parade grounds
2:30 pm, Reenactment at Fort Michilimackinac

Location
Fort Michilimackinac
102 Straits Ave
Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701
(231) 436-5563

About Fort Michilimackinac
Fort Michilimackinac was an 18th-century French, and later British, fort and trading post at the Straits of Mackinac; it was built on the northern tip of the lower peninsula of the present-day state of Michigan in the United States. Built around 1715, and abandoned in 1783, it was located along the Straits, which connected Lake Huron and Lake Michigan of the Great Lakes of North America. Present-day Mackinaw City developed around the site of the fort, which has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Fort Michilimackinac was relocated to the new Fort Mackinac (don’t get them confused) on Mackinac Island during the American Revolution, with some of the buildings moved across the ice in the winter of 1780-1781. The remaining structures were burnt to the ground.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant on Memorial Day Weekend at historic Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Tags: Fort Michilimackinac Reenactment Pageant, Michigan Voyageur Rendezvous, Michigan Rendezvous, French & Indian War Reenactment

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