LANSING | The 46th installment of Lansing's Good Neighbor Day Parade will commence at 2 p.m. Saturday.
"It's a type of homecoming, iconic event here in Lansing," said Dr. Renee N. Hale, executive director for the Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce. "It's one of those times of year that people come back to visit and spend the day in town."
About 120 entries are expected in the parade the chamber organizes to celebrate a sense of community and to provide networking opportunities for businesses in Lansing and surrounding municipalities.
Along with businesses, nonprofit service organizations, faith-based groups, public schools and school marching bands make up the many parade participants.
The theme of this year's parade is "Lansing's Three-Hour Tour."
"When you think about a three-hour tour, you think about all of the things that you could go see in Lansing in three hours that make it special," Hale said.
She mentioned the Lansing Municipal Airport and its historic Ford Hangar, the Clock Tower at Ridge Road and Grant Street and an impressive forest preserve and park system as points of interest.
Hale said the "Three-Hour Tour" theme has some parade participants incorporating a "Gilligan's Island" decorating flavor in relation to the popular 1960s television show.
"Usually we have several professional floats," Hale said. "Then we also have many, many decorated vehicles."
The parade will begin at the corner of Ridge Road and Wentworth Avenue and proceed west on Ridge Road to Torrence Avenue. From there it will go north to 179th St., where it will turn east to head into Lan-Oak Park.