Thousands turn out for annual Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island

Thousands expected to turn out again at annual event dubbed 'Midwest Mardi Gras'

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Jobbie Nooner 2012 at Gull Island on Lake St. Clair

DETROIT - The annual Jobbie Nooner has once again drawn thousands to Lake St. Clair's Gull Island.

The event which began in the 1980s returned Friday morning.

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In recent years, Jobbie Nooner has become known for its Mardis Gras atmosphere, earning it the Mardis Gras of the Midwest nickname.

Party-goers are urged to think safety first while enjoying the day on Lake St. Clair.

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History of the Jobbie Nooner

The event was started in the 80?s by some of Detroit's auto industry employees looking for a summer getaway. The workers would typically go out on the Friday following the summer solstice. Gull Island on Lake St. Clair served as a perfect venue. It's grown in popularity ever since and according to the Detroit Free Press, the 2010 event attracted approximately 10,000 people.

You won't find Gull Island on Google maps. It was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while drudging the canals for ship traffic. They dumped all the sand in one spot at the end of Harsens Island and it eventually became an island. The Army Corps currently manages the island.

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