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June 8, 2024

2:00 PM - Parade begins


Starting @ Fairgrounds heading North on State Street, West on Washington, South on Water Rd, West on Johnson St

Joan Glover Royal Parade

The Joan Glover NAF Royale Parade is an extravagant display of various bands, floats, queens, dignitaries and antique vehicles and is the largest parade in Oceana County! This parade is a long-time community favorite and attracts people from all over.   The NAF float introduces our newly crowned asparagus royalty. Follow the float as it travels throughout the state to various parades and festivals carrying our home-grown Asparagus Queen and 1st Runner-up!

Interested in participating in the parade, REGISTER HERE.

George Lessens

2024 Grand Marshal

George Lessens began his career at 13 ON YOUR SIDE in 1980 as a weekend meteorologist and became Chief Meteorologist in July 2001. In October 2007, he became the longest-tenured meteorologist at any single West Michigan TV station: 26 years, 11 months.

George has been passionate about the weather ever since the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes hit West Michigan. He grew up in Lowell, Mich., and formed a weather club as a youth to scan the skies for storms and tornadoes. Although he has never seen a tornado, he has been inside the damaged paths of many of these storms.

Over the years, George has provided weather forecasts for many West Michigan radio stations, agricultural weather forecasts for West Michigan farmers, and numerous ski resort forecasts George edited a weekly weather column for the Advance Newspapers, enlightening readers with his vast knowledge of West Michigan weather trivia, facts and folklore.


George is a member of the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and holds its highest seal of approval as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM.) In his spare time, George loves working with computers, gardening, and landscaping around his home. He lives in East Grand Rapids with his wife, Sherry.

Watch George Lessens weekdays at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.  You can email George at and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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