Photos: Berkley CruiseFest Delights Fans
Hundreds of classic cars parade along 12 Mile Road before an evening of festivities downtown Friday.
Berkley CruiseFest went off without a hitch Friday, with hundreds of classic cars parading along 12 Mile Road, to the delight of onlookers, before an evening of festivities kicked off downtown.
Three-hundred and fifty cars – with license plates from as far away as Alaska – participated in the annual event on the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise and everything went according to plan, Berkley CruiseFest Committee chairman Marc Coon said.
The festivities began with sidewalk sales earlier in the day and continued into the night with live music scheduled until 11. DTE Energy donated $25,000 to sponsor this year's classic car parade, as well as live music during the evening.
The parade had two grand marshals: Master Sgt. Jeff Rector of the Michigan Army Reserve and "Miss Berkley Days" winner Olivia Citraro.
"It was fun for me to see people having a good time," said Debi McCurdy, who grew up in Huntington Woods and now lives in Rochester Hills.
McCurdy was at Roseland Park Cemetery , the parade staging area, flipping burgers for a company picnic with her husband Craig McCurdy, who works for Midwest Memorial Group, the cemetery's owner.
Debi McCurdy's father Ken Tallman, a Berkley High School graduate, also was in town from Kentucky for the parade, kicked back in a lawn chair watching the show drive past.
"What's better than cool cars, nice people and great food?" Debi McCurdy said.