DTE Foundation Brings 12-Year-Old’s Float Design to Life for Cherry Royale Parade

The grand finale of the National Cherry Festival, the DTE Foundation’s Cherry Royale Parade, is Saturday!

DTE also has a huge part in the Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday, including a float designed by a student.

“I like drawing and crafts.”

Twelve-year-old Zander Connally loves expressing his creativity.

“It’s just kind of, like, fun to express yourself through your hands, drawing,” Zander told us.

That’s why his teachers told him about the DTE Foundation contest to design a float for this year’s Cherry Royale Parade.

“I went home and I went home and just started working on it, and here I am,” said Zander.

After a public vote, the parade company picked Zander’s design to bring to life.

“I was so surprised because there’s over 200 entries. It’s amazing, like, who would of thought I would be here looking at my artwork? It’s pretty cool coming to life,” explained Zander. “They added so many cool things too, it looks amazing. I love the cherry blossom tree, that’s my favorite part. It looks so cool.”

DTE Foundation President Lynette Dowler says this is all part of their mission.

“DTE Foundation loves to invest in communities and we love to invest in projects and programs that bring communities together,” explained Lynette. “It’s just incredible that a young man could put something on paper and the parade company could turn it into something spectacular, it’s amazing.”

You can see Zander’s creation at the Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday!

Categories: National Cherry Festival