Saturday night, spectators and patrons made their way down to Franklin Street in Michigan City to enjoy the annual Taste of Michigan City with live bands, food vendors, and a sneak preview of Sunday's Grand Prix Boat Races.
This was the 9th annual Taste of Michigan City, organized by the Michigan City Mainstreet Association, to showcase the community and what it has to offer. Food and local business vendors lined up and down Franklin Street as the community flooded the streets while listening to music played from local and even out of state bands. All of the fun led up to a parade starring boats set to race in Sunday’s Grand Prix.
“This event is about keeping downtown a vibrant and happening locale,” said Lisa Correy, a member on the Board of Directors of the Michigan City Mainstreet Association. “We believe that last night was the largest crowd we’ve ever had. It’s a lot of pride for the whole organization and the city itself.”
In addition to plenty of fantastic food, there was a beer garden, which offered a number of beers from local vendors. Three stages scattered along the street with music performed by a plethora of bands. Tommy McCord, a guitar player for the Plurals, made his way from Lansing Michigan to play at the Taste.
“It seems like a pretty cool town. We were told that this is the busiest the town gets and it was cool to stumble into that,” McCord said. “Playing guitar is my favorite thing in the world so to be able to do that while people are having fun, that’s my favorite thing.”
The boat parade headlined the evening and gave a sneak peak at each contestant in tomorrow’s races, sponsored by NIPSCO. The racers and their teams dressed up the boats, sounded their horns, and threw candy to children lining the street. Previous years the parade only included the boats but this year’s parade was bigger than ever with local organizations such as the Michigan City Soul Steppers joining in on the fun.
“The event has been fabulous we’ve been out here all day,” said Connie Gramarossa, Commissioner of LaPorte County. “We need more events like this: it’s vibrant, you have residents and people from out of town. This is what this town needs to rejuvenate us.”
This is one the biggest weekends for Michigan City and Sunday’s Boat Races are sure to be a spectacular conclusion to this weekend’s exciting events. Learn more about the city at http://www.emichigancity.com.
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