Charlevoix hosts 84th annual Venetian Festival
Saturday wrapped up the 84th annual Venetian Festival in Charlevoix and tons of events filled the day.
The day started by people lining the streets with chairs in the early morning to get a good spot for the annual street parade.
74 different groups participated in the annual event that marched through downtown Charlevoix on Bridge Street.
The parade's theme this year was Mardi Gras and many of the participants got in on the fun with costumes and beads.
Those who have been involved in the festival for many years say it continues to be one of the best events.
We've watched these people go by and they're like our friends now you see them all the time you can't wait,â?? said long-time volunteer Richard Stangis.
Several races were already held to wrap up the last day of the festival.
About one thousand people participated the Drenth Memorial foot race.
The race had something for runners of all levels, including a 5K, 10K and a one mile fun run.
After the fun run was completed, seven men and ten women from all parts of the world ran the Ryan Shay mile to honor the professional runner from Central Lake.
Race directors say the support from the community is what makes the event so special.
â??They love it, even people that arenâ??t interested in running will come up to me and go, â??oh that was amazing to see the kids finish, that was amazing to see the 5 and 10K runners finish,â?? especially the Ryan Shay milers,â?? said Race Director Matt Peterson. â??Even those that arenâ??t interested in running love to watch the events so that's probably the greatest thing about it.â??
The 84th Venetian Festival ends Saturday night with fireworks in Charlevoix over Round Lake around 10 p.m.