Detroit Public Schools announced a 32-unit line-up for the Parade along Woodward Avenue downtown celebrating the Michigan Division I High School Football Champions Cass Technical High School. The line-up includes the championship football team, band, cheer team, JROTC, Parade Company floats, two luxury Detroit Public School League coaches, the DPS Blue Enrollment Van and more.
The school’s victory Saturday over a No. 1-ranked team at Ford Field marked the first-ever Detroit Public School League football team winning the state title in the largest-schools’ No. 1 division.
The Monday Dec. 5 parade will step off at Grand Circus Park and head south on Woodward Ave at 1: 30 p.m., showcasing the school’s rich academic and athletic traditions with signature Cass steppers like the Medical Careers Club, the Great Debaters, the Robotics team, The Science team and more. The parade will also feature famous Parade Company floats like the Rock Star Stage and Puppet Stage, as well as local personalities like Radio One’s Mascot Milo, and the Radio One Detroit Fleet of Vehicles (Hot 107.5, Kiss FM, CHB and Praise).
A rally will be held in front of the Spirit of Detroit at 2:15 p.m.
General Motors has graciously offered a Chevrolet Volt to serve as the pace car for the parade. It will be driven by Cass Tech graduate and GM employee Toygenea Canty. Canty is a Subsystem/Component Validation Engineer with GM and graduated from Cass in 1989.
Radio One has agreed to serve as a partner, offering promotional mentions informing Detroiters of the Cass Tech Parade and Rally on WGPR, WDMK, WCHB & WPRZ beginning Friday, Dec. 2 through Monday morning, Dec. 5. Cass Tech Coach Thomas Wilcher, along with Technicians Captains, will be interviewed on Mason’s show (WCHB), Friday, Dec. 2 to discuss the championship and promote the Parade and Rally.
And in a show of support, the Detroit-Wayne Joint Building Authority, which has kindly agreed to allow the rally to be held in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue at Woodward and Jefferson, also will donate Spirit of Detroit lapel pins for each member of the Cass Tech team, the cheerleading squad and the Marching Band.
1:30 p.m. The parade will step off at Grand Circus Park and head south on Woodward Ave.
2:15 p.m. A rally in front of the spirit of Detroit, featuring school and athletic speakers, Woodward and Jefferson.
3-5 p.m. Cass Tech will welcome alumni from all classes to return to the campus for an all-year alumni tailgate reunion, 2501 Second Avenue.
Cass Technicians Coach Thomas Wilcher said of his team, freshman quarterback, and the championship, “It’s great for the city and the school district. It shows that we have kids who are willing to learn and to fight to reach a goal. We not only played well, but I’m proud of how we did it, with class and good sportsmanship.”
The events on Monday are free and open to the public.
The programs are being underwritten by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and additional donations. Detroit’s The Parade Company is organizing logistics of the events.