Detroit's Lowrider Culture

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DETROIT — Spring is a special time of year on Detroit’s Southwest side, known by many as Mexicantown. It’s a time when Latinos wear their culture proudly, starting with a Cinco de Mayo parade.

Large chunks of the main drag are blocked off, as girls in flowing folklórico dresses. And then, of course, there’s the Blessing of the Lowriders. Brandon-Baylock, 9, poses in front of a lowrider.

The aesthetic, often associated in pop culture with old school West Coast gangster rap videos, wasn’t exactly embraced by residents.

Among the early national car clubs to make their way to Detroit was the Majestics, an outfit that got its start in the LA suburb of Norwalk in 1963.

The Arellano Cruz family forms a procession to bless each car on display, May 7, 2017 at the Blessing of the Lowriders event in southwest Detroit

Spring is a special time of year on Detroit’s Southwest side, known by many as Mexicantown. There’s the Blessing of the Lowriders.

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