I wish the parade by Gardner-White was presented and looked like this today. However, due to Covid the parade was held differently this year. It was run with minimal spectators and a shortened route. Covid has caused another tradition to change. I have some friends that have been going to the parade 50+ years.
I started to shoot the parade all the way back in 2004. My friend Joe Crachiola had been shooting the parade for some time and helped me get involved with shooting it. I remember the first year…it was cold and windy. I was downtown by 6am for the Turkey Trot which was cold and snowy. If I remember correctly the floats were not airborne. I remember at one time a group of photographers all ended up on the same area and we all spoke briefly. 2004 was a time when a lot of us could easily afford digital slr’s. The topic of that conversation was cold batteries and cameras freezing. I was not having that issue myself. I remember shooting about 2000 pictures on one battery charge.
I took this picture from the observation deck of the Compuware Building. It was the best part of my morning to be honest. It was so cold and windy that day but this allowed me some inside time to warm out. When I reached that deck I was surprised to see my cousin. Her aunt worked for Compuware and had some VIP seats. I shot a lot of pics from up here but this has been my favorite, I love the float and the people. It makes me feel it’s NYC or Chicago.
You can’t have a parade with out clowns. We have the Distinguished Clown Corps!!
The live broadcast from AM760 Paul W Smith has a lot of sponsors they step in for an interview and many laughs.
One of the key yearly shots is always the Mayor Mike Duggan and Santa presenting the key to the city. This is always a crowded spot filled with people, cameras and confetti flying thru the air.