Living in & around Detroit for the last 26 years, I still find new things to do that are hidden in the city. This past weekend was no exception, starting with having a late lunch @ Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine w/Cousin Dee. I found out about Vicente’s last week while at the 2005 Detroit Jazz Festival, which I still prefer to call the Montreux Detroit jazz (because it sounds better). I am very excited to see that there is starting to be more options for ethnic dinning in Detroit + I love Cuban food & addicted to any delicious Mojito.The service that we received was excellent but the food & drink were even better. I had the Croquetas Preparadas & Arroz Con Pollo, which proved to be too much food for even me. The prices are good & the Art Deco décor is exciting & warm. They feature several Latin theme nights from Salsa to Flamenco dancing, that draw a pretty large crown according to Mary (our server).
Several Mojitos later we wound up & Spectacles on of my favorite boutiques for urban wear making yet more unnecessary purchases, but having fun kicking it with Zana (owner) while possible striking up some business. Zana put us up on to the Dally in the Alley which I never heard of, some sort festival held in the alleys of Wayne State.
After leaving my uncle’s wack birthday party we drove past to check it out & wow was it past our expectations. People were everywhere & the music was so loud, I could not believe the police were not trying to shut it down. After all the “Dally” is held within a residential neighborhood. We first entered at the Urban Electronica Stage, which was off the hook with dancing fiends of all kinds, men, women, transsexuals, metrosexuals, crack heads, homeless people, they were all out!
Making our way through thousands & thousands people, we encountered vendors from all over, 3 more sounds stages & plenty of cheap eats.I was really shocked with the massive amount of people there, especially since I had never heard of this. As a matter fact, this year marked the 28 th “Dally” WOW! I found out that from on of the organizers that a large portion of the funds from the event go right back into the community & outreach programs, how cool is that. The great thing I noticed from the vendors or most was the amount & variety of Detroit pride wear, t-shirts, beats, hats, pins, you name it & they had it. The one thing that turned me off was all of the African vendors had massive amounts of Shea Butter. There had to be at least 2 tons of Shea Butter present throughout the festival & it means one of2 things, a) Black people really love it or b) there are some ashy Black people in Detroit, because they were buying it up. Supply and demand sums it all up on this.Here are some Dally in the Alley facts:
- Began as an inner city art fair in 1977 & Held the Saturday after Labor Day
- Renamed in 1982 to “DALLY IN THE ALLEY”, the title of a medieval drinking song
- The Dally expanded beyond its original alley to include Forest Avenue in 1997 and added the Urban Electronica stage on Second Avenue in 1999
- Dally proceeds to fund the environmental lawsuit against the City of Detroit trash incinerator, provide roaming security during the nighttime hours, and grant scholarships to enable neighborhood children to attend the Art Center Music School
- A portion of the 2005 art auction proceeds to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
- Provides music scholarships for neighborhood children
- Supports neighborhood soup kitchens