Woodward Dream Cruise Canceled Amid COVID-19 Concerns
The 26th annual Woodward Dream Cruise is officially canceled.
Just a few days ago, organizers announced on their Facebook page that most the the surrounding area activities for the cruise were canceled, but the cruise itself has yet to be determined. Monday the decision was made to put the whole event on hold.
The Dream Cruise was scheduled for Saturday, August 15h. The annual event usually attracts an estimated 1.5 million people to the Woodward Corridor in Oakland County.The decision to cancel the event was made in a vote held in a Zoom meeting Monday morning with leaders from the cities along the 10 mile stretch of Woodward Ave that host the cruise.
Fans of the event have known for months there was uncertainty on if the Michigan summer favorite would still go on. Organizers feel strongly that the choice to cancel was the right thing to do considering the current situations."The Dream Cruise is the largest car event in the world, but there is not a cure for COVID-19, there is not a vaccine," said Woodward Dream board president Michael Lary. "We have to be responsible for the we, not the me."
Even though the main event is canceled, reports say the inaugural Woodward Dream Show, a gathering of the best of the cruise at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, is still scheduled to go on in August.
The cancellation of the Woodward Dream Cruise comes less than a week after Flint's annual Back to the Bricks canceled their main events and activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.