Over 40 parade units and more than 850 marchers, including DPS marching bands, clowns and hundreds of DPS student, parent and alumni marchers took part in Detroit Public Schools’ second annual downtown Back to School Parade and Rally on Thursday, Aug. 26.
Thousands of students and parents attended a post-parade rally hosted by comedian Ricky Smiley. It several performances as well as appearances by Dr. Bill Cosby, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Congressman John Conyers. DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, along with DPS Board of Education President Anthony Adams, NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony and many others helped to motivate students and parents for the coming school year.