Detroit Street Fair

Upcycled sculpture building by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0
Upcycled sculpture building by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0

Today, I made my way down towards the central library branch to see if I could get a library card. However, I encountered a bunch of closed off streets, limited parking and ton of people making their way towards a massive party in midtown Detroit!

Instead, I took my car home and then walked up to Dally in the Alley, a Detroit neighborhood street fair tradition.

Dally in the Alley by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0
Dally in the Alley by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0

There were tons of people: Senior citizens, college students, kids in strollers. People of all backgrounds in every conceivable kind of outfit. There were at least 4 or 5 live bands playing different genres of music. All kinds of vendors selling every flavor of kitsch, crafts, jewelry, clothing, or fine art. People walking while trying to eat falafel sandwiches as big as their heads. A man walking two enormous harlequin Great Dane puppies. Kids laughing, couples holding hands.

I watched an artist build an armature of old paint cans, plastic tubing, scrap wood and wire into an amazing sculpture. A musical duo on the saxaphone and drumming on upturned plastic buckets played a wonderful set tucked away in an alley between two buildings, while hoola hoopers festively hooped along with the beat.

Buckets and Sax Buskers by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0
Buckets and Sax Buskers by Protopian Pickle Jar (2015) CC BY-SA 2.0

This town may be many things, but it certainly is never boring!

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One thought on “Detroit Street Fair

  1. Batsheva, You are having wonderful experiences. Enjoy the moments. How is your job? How is life in Detroit? Have a happy, healthy, sweet new year. Love you Gloria

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