Mackinaw City Pure Michigan

Pageant Weekend: Starting Saturday, May 25th through May 27th, 2019

 

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 57th 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.

Times:

  • 3:30pm ~ Saturday, May 25th 2019
  • 2:30pm ~ Sunday, May 26th 2019
  • 2:30 pm ~ Monday, May 27th 2019

**Admission to Re-Enactment is: FREE!!

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.

Tenative Schedule**

Saturday, May 25th 2019
 
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 26th 2019

9:00 am  The Fort Opens
9:00 am  18th Century Church Services –  Located at *Voyageurs Camp
9:30 am  Voyageurs Knife / Hawk – Located at *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 – Located at *Voyageurs Camp
 
Monday, May 27th 2019

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