From the mom of a child on the autism spectrum, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

The committee for the Fenton Freedom Festival was in the planning phase for this year's festivities when a family came forward and said that they LOVE the parade but it was a bit overwhelming for their child, who is on the autism spectrum.

So, for the first time in 29 years, the committee designated a Special Needs/Family Zone at the beginning of the parade where there would be no sirens. This has already become a trend at parades in bigger cities like Detroit and New York with a lot of success.

The committee said that they were happy to do this and to be able to make the parade inclusive for EVERYONE in the community. Hats off to them!