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Parks & Recreation Lear's 3rd Thanksgiving Day Parade, Wins Best Choreography Award Again

Lear's 3rd Thanksgiving Day Parade, Wins Best Choreography Award Again

Last week on November 24th Lear participated for the third time in the annual Detroit tradition for the holidays, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with a three-unit float with 40 Lear team members walking. Adding to the “Connecting the Spirit of Detroit to the World” float this year was a section featuring 24 students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences’ school choir who enjoyed sitting in Lear seats on the float. The choir’s addition was accompanied by the other two parts of the float which were the 119 State Street building depiction from last year and the original “Connecting the Spirit of Detroit to the World” main section theme.

With weeks of dedicated practice, the Lear team won for Best Choreography in a viewers’ poll for the second year in a row, this year edging out Ford Motor Company.

For the past 90 years, hundreds of thousands of residents have lined Woodward Avenue. Parade Company President and CEO Tony Michaels predicted a massive crowd of more than 1 million people: “We expect probably the largest crowd ever, because Woodward is done pretty much. It’s an opportunity to see the progress in Detroit like never before.”

The show is televised across 170 cities in the USA and the choir was featured singing the classic songs “Happy Together” and “Downtown” with lyrics re-written to feature Detroit landmarks. Two soloists in “Happy Together” took the opportunity to give the song a Motor City flavor by mentioning landmarks including Cobo Center, Campus Martius, Eastern Market and Capitol Park, the neighborhood district home to Lear’s new Innovation Center. 

Posted on 12/5/2016

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