Detroit, MI — Tens of thousands of Southeast Michiganders will cheer America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as it makes its way down Woodward Ave. Eighty-one annual parades have been held but this year’s parade will be more special than usual for hundreds of families of Detroit Public School students.
One of the magnificent floats will feature nine-foot tall twirling dancers in eight-foot wide flowing, multicolored skirts. The design was inspired by the colorful costumes and movements of members of the famous Ballet Folklorico. The designer of this great fantasy piece is Guadalupe Barrera, an 8th grade student at the Clippert Academy. She calls it ‘The Dancing Flower Garden.’
But there’s more. One of the huge, 25 foot long balloons that always thrill the crowds was also designed by a Detroit Public School student, Kenyatta Dearing who is a 4th grader at Fleming Elementary. She named her design ‘Sunflower From The Community Garden.’ The students were the winners of the annual Skillman Foundation float and balloon design competition and had their ideas brought to life by The Parade Company. Guadalupe and Kenyatta will take their places of honor next to their creations in the parade.
But there’s still more. This year, not two but three Detroit Public Schools marching bands will also be featured in the parade. The Martin Luther King Jr. High School Crusaders marching band will be in the lead having been declared the winner of the competition for that honor. But the competition judges were so impressed with the performances by the Mumford and Cass Technical High School bands, they couldn’t decide which one was best and instead invited both of the bands to march in the parade! That was a first, so get ready for a real. ‘battle of the bands’ show.
A float, a balloon and plenty of music to stay warm with will mark the presence of Detroit Public Schools students in the parade this Thanksgiving. Added to that honor is the opportunity the rest of the country will have to view, hear and admire their talents.
Detroit Public Schools offer numerous competitive academic and career technical programs such as the Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School; Davis Aerospace that combines college prep with the opportunity to obtain a pilot’s license; the Detroit School of the Arts, a multiple award winning performing arts high school; and Crockett Technical High School, a digital technology high school.
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