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River Days Will Rock Detroit

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Monday’s Target Fireworks display is the marquee event at the second annual GM River Days festival. But it’s just the biggest event in a jammed weekend schedule.

The four-day celebration, which starts today, will feature a variety of activities and attractions, including the APBA Gold Cup Race exhibitions, a visit by the 154-foot historical schooner the Highlander Sea, a Detroit River Cruise featuring up to 200 boats and a 50-craft DTE Energy Parade of Lights, which is considered the largest event of its kind in the country. River Days will also see the return of the Ultimate Air Dogs, a canine stunt team that was a big hit at last year’s event, and Pooch-a-Palooza activities, including a fourlegged fashion show and pet walk.

There will be plenty of music in the air as well. Main stage headliners include Taproot and Rick Springfield (Friday, June 20), Michelle Branch and the Verve Pipe (Saturday, June 21), Brian McKnight and Jack Ingram (Sunday, June 22) and Dave Mason (Monday, June 23). The Detroit Symphony Orchestra also performs tonight, while local favorites such as Stewart Francke, the Hard Lessons, Larry Lee & Back in the Day, Nadir Distorted Soul, Midtown Underground, Redhill, Larry Fratangelo’s One Nation Band and many more play throughout the weekend.

A classic car show and an Art on the River exhibition also will enthrall viewers, while the Discovery Zone will feature interactive family games and crafts. Anglers can cast their reels into the 2nd Annual Detroit Open Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, with a $20,000 first-place prize.

River Days runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Monday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Most River Days events are free and open to the public. Information and schedules are available by calling (313) 963-8418 or by visiting www.detroitriverdays.com.

Web Site: www.detroitriverdays.com

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