The city of Detroit has experienced numerous changes over the years. Going from an industrial empire made famous by Henry Ford and the development of the automobile, to a struggling city on the cusp of bankruptcy, to a rallying community fighting for survival against cultural and fiscal demise, this town is still an iconic image of American history and perseverance. As community that prides itself on diversity and fortitude, it moves forward with hopeful hearts and new visions for a brighter future. This year, their annual event, Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Turkey Trot, sponsored by 5/3 Bank, will bring in over 30,000 runners and additional parade attendees, giving a much needed boost to their local economy.
For the second year in a row, I have been asked to sing the National Anthem for the parade. I am so grateful to step along side the city as they celebrate the holidays with their biggest event of the year. With record breaking attendance last year, even more runners are expected to make their way through the streets of Detroit. While there are a few competitive runners, this event, the largest 5K and 10K in Michigan, is a joyous occasion with spectators celebrating the holiday season. I am also honored to be representing the Detroit Opera House home of Michigan Opera Theatre.
The City of Detroit holds a special place in my heart. Growing up in the area, I have fond childhood memories, and it’s always a pleasure going “home.” I am excited to give back to the community, representing the city and Michigan Opera Theatre.
I’m looking forward to meeting as many runners as I can, to encourage them to give it their all and to remind them to always be different… and true to who they are! If you are running the race, please make sure to say hello!