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Detroit International Jazz Fest Takes Festival From the Plaza to the Parade Route with New Float

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DETROIT – The Parade Company is excited to announce they are building a new float for the Detroit International Jazz Festival for the 83rd America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. The “Jazz on the Plaza” float, representing Detroit’s end-of-summer ritual at Hart Plaza on Labor Day Weekend, will make its debut along Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, November 26, 2009.

“For the past 30 years, the Detroit International Jazz Fest has expanded its educational programs for young musicians and as a part of this experience we decided to have a float in America’s Thanksgiving Parade®, showing Hart Plaza as a site for jazz performances on Labor Day weekend,” said Bob McCabe, founder of the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation.

“All of us connected with the Detroit International Jazz Festival are so proud of what it has become, one of the best and largest free festivals in the country. That is quite an accomplishment,” said Gretchen Carhartt Valade, president of the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation. “And I hope you will excuse us if we show off a little by participating in another wonderful event, the America’s Thanksgiving Parade®. Watching the parade has always been one of my most favorite Detroit experiences and to have the Jazz Festival represented in it will be absolutely incredible.”

The Jazz on the Plaza float features the popular landmarks at Hart Plaza, including a replica of the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain and the underground concert bowl and sign. While the real 14-acre Hart Plaza can fit up to 40,000 people, this float will accommodate up to 12 musicians.

“I’m thrilled to have The Parade Company working to create a fun and spirited float for such a cherished and longtime tradition in the city of Detroit,” said Tony Michaels, President and CEO, The Parade Company. “It’s only fitting to have the Jazz Fest represented in one of the oldest and most celebrated Thanksgiving Parades in the country.”

This year’s Parade themed, Together We Shine, will feature crowd favorites and new surprises with more than 60 Parade units including floats, balloons, marching bands, clowns and specialty acts. The 1.5 mile-long Parade steps off at 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at Woodward Avenue and Mack and ends at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue.

The two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV Local 4 including a one-hour national broadcast reaching nearly 65 million households nationwide. NewsTalk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the Parade. For more information on The Parade Company, visit www.theparade.org or call 313.923.7400.

Source: The Parade Company / Lovio George Inc.

 

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