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Detroit Music Weekend Gala
The inaugural Detroit Music Weekend began Friday night at the Detroit Opera House where 200 music lovers gathered for the Gala ($750 & $1,000 tickets). They savored cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in the lobby, pausing for brief welcoming remarks delivered from the top of the grand staircase by founding director, Music Hall’s Vince Paul. A soaring operatic selection sung by soprano Nicole James signaled it was time for dinner, which was served at dramatically decorated tables set on the stage. There were interruptions to thank sponsors, board members and event coordinator Laura Raisch, and to salute Michigan Opera Theatre founder David DiChiera. His pancreatic cancer diagnosis has dictated his retirement but has not affected his good humor nor his bearing.
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05/19/2017 - The annual Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade marches into downtown Birmingham on Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m., with activities and fun for the whole family.
The parade has been a treasured tradition for more than 40 years, drawing thousands for a day of fun in downtown, beginning with an event kickoff at 1 p.m. at Daines and Old Woodward, then traveling north on Old Woodward, turning west on Maple, south on Bates, and ending in Birmingham's town square, Shain Park.
Members of the Birmingham community and all surrounding areas are invited to come out and enjoy this wonderful day. This year's parade includes fire trucks, high school bands, the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, Redford Township Unicycle Club, Harmony Acres Arabian Parade Horses, and the always popular basset hounds from The Basset Hound Rescue of Michigan.
After the parade, Shain Park is the place to be for music and free activities for children, including inflatables, a DJ with family-friendly activities, face painting, and lots more. Park activities will continue until 4 p.m.
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