Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in pulling off this evening’s big YpsiGlow event downtown, from the Ypsi High kids with their drums, to the guys from the local funeral home who showed up with their skeleton-filled hearse, and, of course, all of the folks who took the time to either make awesome costumes or create incredibly inspiring works of luminary art. You were awesome.
I can’t recall another event in recent Ypsilanti history that so successfully brought together folks from across our entire community, and it was absolutely beautiful to see.
I know it’s not an easy thing to pull off, but we need more dance parties in the street where folks, regardless of their age, race, or anything else, can just shake their asses together to You Drop the Bomb on Me and smile as they watch little kids dance to Thriller for the first time. Hopefully this is just the first of many such big, public events that get everyone in the community, from our local schools, to our downtown library, working together to harness our collective creative power. As all of us who live here know, it’s Ypsilanti’s greatest strength.
Following are a few photos taken tonight on Washington Street. The first three come courtesy of Lisa Voelker. The rest are from me.
For more about YpsiGlow, check out my recent Saturday Six Pack interview with Adriana Zardus and Jeri Rosenberg of WonderFool Productions, the entity responsible for setting this whole beautiful thing in motion… Thanks also to the folks at First Fridays for laying the ground work by showing that it was actually possible to get everyone in our business and non-profit communities working together toward a common, awesome goal.
update: Video footage from Creative Voice has just been posted: