Dead serious: Hearse Cruise stops in downtown Alpena

Memorial Day- what a beautiful weekend to be in Northern Michigan. Trees filled with leaves again, Farmer’s Market outdoors, Downtown Scoops open, lilacs in bloom.

Those strolling through downtown Saturday afternoon, however, were greeted by something a little less… full of life.


Yes, those are hearses lining our downtown.

Your friendly downtown greeting committee.

The third-annual Northern Michigan Hearse Cruise, an event put on by a group of both professional and non-professional hearse-lovers from all over the Midwest, was in town this weekend to display an eclectic mix of hearses ranging from zombie-themed to more traditional. The display was free to the public, but the organization had a table set up to accept donations for the Huron Humane Society.

“Hearse parking only. All others will be embalmed, eulogized, and buried.”

In the words of a passerby driving through downtown who asked me out her window: “Do you know what in the world is going on down there?!” and after my answer, promptly turned the car around to check it out.

You just never know what you’ll come across in downtown Alpena.

Meaghan Gass, you know, just hearsin’ around. Photo credit: Stephanie Gandulla. Pun credit: Meaghan Gass.

Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry in conjunction with the Alpena Downtown Development Authority. Love downtown Alpena? (A downtown that hosts a hearse cruise? How could you not?) Like the blog Facebook page here.

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