"This is a big deal, a big celebration, 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie which was a turning point in the War of 1812, so I couldn't be more honored and pleased to be here today," said US Representative Glenn Thompson.
"It's an honor to be the grand marshal," said Governor Tom Corbett.
"It's nice and cool: not too hot, not too cold. Lots of cool bands, lots of great balloons. The kids love it, having a great time with the family," said Joe Bell who came with his family.
"We have great weather, a lot of units, a lot of people came out for this," said Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott.
With more than 50 floats and more than 200 units, including the JET 24 news and weather team, families had a chance to see a little bit of everything in the grand parade and an even better opportunity to catch up with other members from the community and come together as one.
"It's real impressive, and it speaks volumes about the patriotic spirit of our town," said Bell.