Pageant/Fireworks: May 24th - 26th, 2014
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 47th consecutive year. The Fort 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.
There will also be a Grand Fireworks Display Saturday May 25th at Dusk sponsored by the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau. Come join us for the spectacular dispa
Time: Starting Saturday, May 24th through May 26th, 2014
For a complete list of events click here.
Contact Information: Fort Michilimackinac Historical Reenactment Pageant
Phone: 231-436-5574 or 1-888-455-8100
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 attemps 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 gaurdsmen. 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!