Organizers of this year's Ypsilanti Heritage Festival want the festival parade to spotlight the fun, creative side of the community.
"We really want to foster a little bit of that New Orleans spirit," festival director Andrew Clock says, "where neighborhoods come out and put together floats and acts just to say 'look how cool our neighborhood is'. We've got a lot of that spirit in Ypsilanti, so we want to make the Heritage Festival parade the opportunity to do that."
Two new awards, each with a $200 cash prize, are being offered this year for floats deemed "Best in Show" and best exhibiting the "Spirit of Ypsilanti".
Clock says anyone is welcome to enter the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival parade, which takes place Saturday, August 16th. Find more information on the festival, the parade and how to enter online: