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        August 10th, Caribbean Carnival Parade

Virtually every year in Detroit I've been lucky enough to catch the wonderful spectacle of the Caribbean Carnival. It's always seemed a shame that this parade only marginally enters the Detroit press's awareness.


Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade




Detroit Caribbean Carnival Parade






        July 15th, About Belle Isle

For every park there is a season and this is surely Belle Isle's. Herons, Swans, Signets and Cormorants swim the lakes, cooks cook-out in every corner, and the weather calls for endless hours of riding.

This is also the season for big events, last month it was the Redbull Air Race, next month the Grand Prix and this weekend the Centenery running of the Gold Cup races. The advantage of Belle Isle is that as increasingly the parks along Jefferson (Owen, Henderson, & the two next to Dwight) are surrounded by barriers as pay viewing locations, Belle Isle continues to be largely free.


Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
All starts well as the grandstands fill a little
(although the numbers appear down since these sites became pay to view)






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
At low speed the jet boats look as suited to water as my bike






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
... but once they get going, they GO!!






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
...the racing is quickly head to head ...






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
...with only feet seoperating the boats ...






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
But only minutes into Sunday's event the wind picks up as forecast
making control difficult






Detroit Gold Cup Races 2008
And all too quickly a red boat hits the rooster tail of the
boat in front and is flipped (everyone OK)
bringing the Cenenery running to a sadly premature close



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