Aretha Franklin funeral: Hundreds of pink Cadillacs line up to pay respects to the Queen of Soul
Fans of Aretha Franklin came out in their pink Cadillacs to honor lyrics from her song 'Freeway to Love'
More than a hundred pink Cadillacs lined up along the Seven Mile Road in Detroit for the funeral procession for Aretha Franklin on August 31 to pay respects to the departed Queen of Soul and wish her a final goodbye.
Owners of the Cadillacs lined their pink vehicles along the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit before the funeral service. Led by the church's first lady Crisette Ellis and amped up with all the fin power, the fans and followers paid tribute to their queen and her song 'Freeway of Love' in which she sings about pink Cadillacs.
The song had garnered massive popularity and soon become sort of an anthem in the Motor City — that is her hometown — so it only makes utmost sense that her fans would come up with this grand gesture!
Last week, Mary Kay national sales director Crisette Ellis put out a call for employees of the cosmetics firm and anyone else who owned a pink Cadillac to turn out for Franklin's funeral to honour her lyrics from 'Freeway to Love' in which she sings: "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac."
"A really emotional experience" -- Pittsburghers add their pink Cadillacs to a sea of some 130 of them in Detroit this morning to help pay tribute to the Queen of Soul: https://t.co/T5F3LOmUtK #ArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/snd8GML29x— Bob Batz Jr. (@bobbatzjr) August 31, 2018
It was only natural that Caddy owners residing in the area answered the call with much enthusiasm. Ron Mitchell, 72, of Taylor and his son, Derrick, 46, brought their pink '56 Coupe de Ville. “We’re just honored ourselves to be a part of it, especially with all of the notoriety it’s bringing to Detroit,” said Ron, who also sported a special "Aretha" badge on his car for the occasion. “Aretha Franklin is a Queen," he said.
The pink Cadillacs are out on 7 Mile for Aretha Franklin.— Tyler Clifford (@_TylerTheTyler_) August 31, 2018
There are more than 100 of them lined up outside Greater Grace for the Queen of Soul’s funeral.
They will go riding with the procession following services this afternoon. #ThisIsHowDetroitDoesIt #RIPAretha pic.twitter.com/sZ2a0QNMKt
Most of the cars that turned out for the procession are owned by Mary Kay representatives like Ann Sherman, who drove her pink 2018 XT5 crossover to Detroit just for the service, as per the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's report.
Pink was a recurring theme at Franklin's funeral. Photos released earlier showed her surrounded by hundreds of pink roses at her open casket public viewing.
Aretha Franklin will be dressed in several different outfits during her open casket viewing says funeral director. And her hearse is same one that carried Rosa Parks. https://t.co/9ujW3wS4Nw pic.twitter.com/dbva5swxmb— Joyce Peterson (@MemphoNewsLady) August 29, 2018
Clad in a ravishing red dress and red stilettos, Franklin looked truly like a queen on the first of the four public viewings. The final public viewing saw her in a rose gold custom knit suit with pink beaded lace. She wore specially made pink South Seas pearl necklace and earrings along with rose gold sequin Christian Louboutin heels.
As hundreds of Caddys lined for her funeral, the car company Cadillac took out a pink, full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News featuring its logo and just one word: Respect.