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For the 42nd Dally in the Alley, Thank a Volunteer

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Image credit: Nicole Helgeda

Detroit’s biggest neighborhood block party takes over the Cass Corridor this Saturday. It’s all-volunteer force and community support that keeps it coming back.

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Dally in the Alley, now in its 42nd year, is just that kind of party.

The free and family-friendly annual event is a melting pot of the city and a celebration of the Cass Corridor, now commonly known as Midtown, neighborhood. 

Taking place this Saturday, Sept. 7, Dally is a communal gem that takes pride in its free-spirit and blissful vibe, artsy experiences, visual expressions and music performances that take shape from alleyway stages to the porch and decks of neighborhood apartments and homes. 

All of us, the Dally crew, are all volunteers. Some of the people on the crew started going to Dally as children. They’re from the neighborhood, lived in the neighborhood.” - Adriel Thornton, Dally in the Alley co-producer

It’s a block party on steroids,” says Adriel Thornton, co-producer of Dally in the Alley for nearly 10 years. “It celebrates the community and we try really hard to make sure the people who are involved in it – whether it be vendors or performers – are connected to the neighborhood.” 

The festival is sponsored by the North Cass Community Unit and utilizes hundreds of volunteers to keep the day moving smoothly. 

All of us, the Dally crew are all volunteers,” Adriel says. “Some of the people on the crew started going to Dally as children. They’re from the neighborhood, lived in the neighborhood.”

Click on the player above to hear CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire interview Dally in the Alley organizers. 

Dally in the Alley takes place this Saturday, Sept. 7, in Midtown. Here’s the full lineup.


LaToya Cross, Producer, CultureShift

LaToya Cross is a Producer with CultureShift, where she produces in-depth content that spotlights creatives and individuals using their platform to examine, cultivate, shape and shift culture. Follow @ToizStory

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