The Parade Company’s Distinguished Clown Corps (DCC) presented by UHY LLP held its tenth annual Distinguished Grand Jester’s Reception on Thursday, Sept. 22 at The Reserve at Big Rock Chophouse. Food and refreshments were provided compliments of Big Rock Chophouse. 30 year DCC member and 2016 Distinguished Grand Jester, Austin Kanter, hosted the event. He is the first in parade history to reach the 30 year DCC milestone. This year he will have the honor of leading this distinguished group of the area’s most influential business and community leaders down the parade route as they trade in their business suits for clown suits on Thanksgiving morning.
The DCC began in 1983 when business leaders Tom Adams, then the chief of Campbell-Ewald advertising and Walter McCarthy, then chief of Detroit Edison, created a way for the leadership to become personally involved in helping The Parade Company. With over 190 members, the DCC is one of the parade’s most beloved traditions.