Mackinaw City Pure Michigan

Pageant : May 26th ~ 28th, 2018

Over 400 cast members will Re-Create events that took place between the French, British and Indian tribes, on June 2, 1763.  This historically rich event will take place for the 56th consecutive year.  The Colonial Michilimackinac Pageant is the longest running, FREE historical Memorial Day performance in the Nation! Visitors will meet famous Indian Chiefs: Minavavans and Matchekewis of the Ojibwa tribe, and Wawatam who becomes a blood brother to Alexander Henry and later saves his life.


Pageant Weekend: Starting Saturday, May 26th through May 28th, 2018

Times: 3:30pm ~ Saturday, May 26th 2018
            2:30pm ~ Sunday, May 27th 2018
            2:30 pm ~ Monday, May 28th 2018
     **Admission to Re-Enactment is: FREE!!

Click here for: Printable Registration for the Memorial Day Parade!


The Battle

Following what is known here as the French and Indian War with British, the Fort comes under the rule of the English.  They treat the Indians as servants and do not present them with gifts, as was the custom of their former friends, the French.  The great Ottawa Chief Pontiac, calls for a war council and devises a scheme for each tribe in his domain.  The actions are aimed at annihilating the British outposts in the Northwest.  The pageant attempts to re-create this area’s historical connection to Pontiac’s siege.  This scheme leads to the playing of an apparently innocent game of baggataway at the Fort, where great numbers of Indians have assembled outside the wall of the Fort.

The British soldiers garrisoned at the Fort are politely invited to watch the game.  The Indian’s plan is simple yet calculating.  In spite of the warm weather on the fateful morning of June 2, 1763, the Indian women appear wearing blankets over their clothing.  Their heavy blankets conceal weapons of battle to be provided to the braves when the fighting begins.  The Indians plan to gain entrance to the Fort during the game.  The first time the ball goes over the wall, it is retrieved by the British guardsmen.  The second time the ball goes over the wall, a few braves are permitted to enter and retrieve the ball.  The third time the ball goes over, the Indians will enter the Fort, capture the soldiers and take over the Fort.  Will the plot succeed? Come watch and see!

Tenative Schedule

Saturday, May 26th 2018  
9:00 am    The Fort Opens
9:30 am    Voyageurs Shoot at the Range (held Sunday if there is rain)
*Located in the Wind Mill Farms
1:00 pm    Mackinaw City Memorial Day Parade
3:00 pm    Voyageurs 18th Century Fashion Show at the Fort
3:30 pm    Pageant Re-Enactment at the Fort
Sunday, May 27th 2018  
9:00 am    The Fort Opens
9:00 am    18th Century Church Services {Voyageurs Camp}
9:30 am    Voyageurs Knife / Hawk {Voyageurs Camp}
10:30 am    Kids Games {Voyageurs Camp}
2:00 pm    Voyageurs 18th Century Fashion Show at the Fort
2:30 pm    Pageant Re-Enactment at the Fort
4:30 pm    Voyageurs Competitions {Voyageurs Camp}
Monday, May 28th 2018  
9:00 am    The Fort Opens
10:00 am    Memorial Day Service
*Located at the Marina Park / Cemetery
2:00 pm    Voyageurs 18th Century Fashion Show at the Fort
2:30 pm    Pageant Re-Enactment at the Fort
*Note: The Voyageurs Camp is located behind the Mackinaw City Public Schools

**Schedule is subject to change