2017 Grand Marshal



Traditionally the Cruise has always been held on the Saturday before Fathers Day, in honor of the large number of Eastpointe residents, (fathers and grandfathers) who have worked within the automobile manufacturing of the Metropolitan Detroit area.  This year the committee staged a contest, asking people to submit a letter as to why their father should be the Grand Marshal.

The winning essay was written by a 4th grader at Pleasantview Elementary School, 9-year-old Maia Baker, who nominated her father, Robert Baker.

"We are excited to have Robert as our Grand Marshal,” President Harvey Curley stated.”The letter that his daughter Maia wrote was awesome as it shows the importance of a father's role."

Coincidentally, both of Maia's parents work within the automotive field. Mom Michelle works as a Project Manager in Marketing at General Motors. Dad Robert works at Ford Motor. 

Harvey added, "Robert and his family will be involved with as many Cruise events during Cruise week as their work and school schedules allow.  However, they will be taking the lead in the VIP Parade, with Maia and her parents riding in the first car, a 1942 Hudson Commodore Convertible, along with the rest of the family (two brothers and a sister) in the second convertible.  We've always said that we're a Family Cruise in a Family Town and this says it all.”

Eastpointe's 19th Annual Cruisin' Gratiot kicks off on Monday, June 12 with the Big Boy/Sam's Club Car Show at Big Boy, 9 Mile and Gratiot, and runs with daily car shows until Cruise Day on June 17th with a large car show at the East Detroit High Parking lot, a Hudson Packard/Stahl's display on Ethlyn Court, and a dedicated lane for ‘cruising. Registration and lane passes are available by clicking here or by contacting the Cruise Office at (586) 498-9208.


Maia's Winning Entry

April 26, 2017

I think my dad should be the Grand Marshal because he cares for me and he does things that he doesn’t even need to do for me, such as buying me hot chocolate or buying me stuffed animals. He always shows me right from wrong and isn’t super mean when he does it. My dad always looks out for me and my other three siblings. He is a really nice person that does polite things for others. He is always as nice as possible and always puts a smile on my face, even when I’m feeling down. There has never been a time where I have ever thought that he was mean. And if my dad makes a mistake, he is sure to correct that mistake. I don’t know if I would be who I am without my dad. If it wasn’t for my dad, I don’t know if I would be as smart as I am. I don’t know if I would be as protective over myself if it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be as kind hearted as I am today. My dad is one of the most important things in my life. This is why I think my dad should be the Grand Marshal.

Maia Baker, Age 9,

Pleasantview Elementary School, Eastpointe, MI