Detroit Public Schools’ high-energy Back-to-School Parade and Rally and brand new Education and Enrollment Expo drew thousands of participants Saturday, Aug. 27, offering parents a one-stop opportunity to enroll in DPS and get their children ready for school. Gospel artist Vickie Winans hosted the rally and served as grand marshal for the parade, which included Curious George, the return of the All City Marching Band and classic parade floats.
The high-stepping parade was bigger and better this year, making its way down Woodward Avenue past the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue, which is dressed for the occasion in a signature blue DPS shirt through Aug. 31. The parade featured new floats, as well as clowns and hundreds of DPS student and parent marchers. Units included the All City Marching Band in its first appearance in seven years. The newly reconstituted band is comprised of 88 musicians and auxiliary personnel from Cass Tech, Detroit School of Arts, Martin Luther King and Renaissance high schools. Also appearing were Curious George, popular Thanksgiving Day floats from the Parade Company, such as Motown and the Big Green Bookworm, and a 180-member Detroit Public School League unit, including cheerleaders and football players.
Schools and teams: The Nichols Middle School cheer team, Girl Scout Troop 72264, Pasteur Elementary’s NASA Crew, the new Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, the Gentlemen’s Club of Brenda Scott Academy, a citywide JROTC unit and the Spain Elementary School Dance Team were among the student groups.
About the Expo:
The new Education and Enrollment Expo served as a one-stop location to get ready for school. In addition to offering the city’s largest school shopping fair, including both traditional and DPS-authorized charter schools, parents took advantage of free immunizations, free parenting workshops, on-the-spot enrollment stations and district representatives who were on hand to answer questions about transportation, food and much more.