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Make Reservations Now for the Annual Lilac Festival
Since 1949, the people of Mackinac Island have been honoring the beloved lilac with the Lilac Festival. The lilac is particularly dear to Mackinac, as the island’s climate causes the common lilac to grow to a larger size, and to maintain a longer lifespan than in other gardens in this country. There have been lilacs on Mackinac since the original plantings of the Victorian Era, and some of them, at over 150 years old, are still thriving. The festival always begins on the second Friday of June when thousands of visitors converge on the Island. For 10 days afterward, both visitors and islanders celebrate the lilac with a variety of activities before the traditional horse-drawn parade marks the conclusion of the festival on the third Sunday of June.
This year’s Mackinac Island Lilac Festival will be held from June 9th through June 18th, and the list of activities includes the Lilac Queen’s coronation and her court, A Taste of Mackinac, the Lilac Festival 10K, the Mackinac Island Dog and Pony Show, wine tastings, concerts, horse-drawn carriage tours, and numerous additional events before the Lilac Festival Grand Parade. Make your reservations now for the Lilac Festival or summer getaway. Call us at (844) 246-0650, or visit: www.iroquoishotel.com/.