This weekend, Dally in the Alley, took over a nice-sized chunk of Cass Corridor. Now in its 37th year, the annual neighborhood celebration brought out the bands, food, yoga, spontaneous parades, beer, costumes and poetry. The street party to end all Detroit street parties isn't all all about the fun—the 100% volunteer-run Dally in the Alley also raises money for the North Cass Community Union (NCCU), helping fund a number of vital neighborhood projects and charities.
The NCCU's work includes providing funding and volunteers for the Fourth Street Farm, sponsoring environmental litigation against the Detroit Trash Incinerator and offering music scholarships to neighborhood children. Dally proceeds cover expenses from these projects, and also help fund neighborhood soup kitchens, the community garden on 2nd Avenue, snow plowing in the alleys, and trash pick ups in the summer.
Bands at this year's Dally in the Ally included the ILL Itches, Cold Men Young. Also present, many other acts with names that have nothing to do with famous Detroit silverbacks, including Bev Love, whose performance on the Forest Stage kept the crowd dancing—and dallying—on a rather cool September Saturday night.
If you're nostalgic (either for the weekend, or years past), we recommend checking out the Dally website for the huge collection of event posters. They have a nearly complete gallery of Dally art from 1982 to 2015, and it's great to see that poetry, beer and bands have always been a part of the festivities. If you missed the actual party, Instagram has you covered, and we've included some of the best pictures from this year's event.
·Posters [Dally in the Alley]
·Unbearable stench: Detroiters sue owner of 'noxious' trash incinerator [Motor City Muckraker]
·Dally in the Alley [Instagram]
·Cass Corridor's Dally in the Alley returns for its 37th year [Metro Times]