Eastpointe’s 20th annual Cruisin’ Gratiot slated for this June

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 2, 2018

 This year’s Cruisin’ Gratiot logo uses the event’s 1999 logo to promote the event’s 20-year anniversary. Cruisin’ Gratiot will take place June 16.

This year’s Cruisin’ Gratiot logo uses the event’s 1999 logo to promote the event’s 20-year anniversary. Cruisin’ Gratiot will take place June 16.

Screenshot from the Cruisin’ Gratiot website

EASTPOINTE — Save the date: Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot is coming back June 16 with its 20th annual weeklong celebration of automotive history, tradition, memorabilia and family fun.  

Gearing up for the cruise, there will be car shows all week beginning June 11. 

“All week long, we have car shows leading up to the big day. We’re working on that, and it’s going to be wonderful,” said Eastpointe Cruisin’ Gratiot President Harvey Curley. 

For the 20-year celebration, the board is seeking past grand marshals, according to Curley.  

“We’re going to attempt to get all of the past grand marshals so they can be in the VIP parade. I’m searching to find where they’re at. If they’re in town to be part of the parade, I think it’s going to be nice,” said Curley. 

Going back to the event’s roots, this year’s logo is a blast from the past. 

“It’s a logo from 1999. We wanted to go back and get the logo that we used for the first cruise,” said Curley. 

Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley said that Cruisin’ Gratiot is unique because of its cruise lane. 

“We’re the only one that has a dedicated cruise lane. People that have beautiful historic cars can get the lane pass and cruise up and down the street. It’s fun for people to be in that lane,” said Pixley. 

Pixley also mentioned that the cruise is a family friendly event. 

“A lot of people that used to live in the city that don’t anymore bring their cars back, and a lot of families that are residents here invite their families to come out. A lot of people set up their grills in the median, and they have a picnic at the event watching the cars,” she said. 

“We’re excited to see all the interesting cars that cruise up and down the street,” said Pixley. 

Past grand marshals are urged to contact Curley at (586) 480-0355 or email him at harveymcurley@gmail.com.

Volunteers are encouraged to contact Diane Reese-Seger at (586) 498-9280. 

For more information on Cruisin’ Gratiot, visit www.cruisin-gratiot.com.