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City of Walker Memorial Day parade returns and moved to Remembrance Road

City of Walker Memorial Day Parade graphic
City of Walker

The City of Walker is reversing its decision cancelling its Memorial Day parade for a second year. It received approval through the Kent County Health Department that it can safely host its annual Memorial Day parade at noon Monday, May 31st.

The decision was made based on the decline of new COVID-19 cases and with safety guidance from the health department.

“This is going to look different, it’s going to feel different,” said City of Walker Mayor Gary Carey Jr. 

“This year, there’ll be nobody walking in the parade. We unfortunately won’t be able to be tossing candy or tee shirts or water bottles and I know that we’ll all be able to understand that. But, it’s the right thing to do right now and we can still honor our veterans in the way that they really deserve.”

The parade rout is moving from Lake Michigan Drive to Remembrance Road nearly doubling the length of the parade route providing additional space for social distancing.

Although it’s not required, Mayor Carey is encouraging attendees wear masks

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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