The Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University marching bands participated alongside each other at the 'Kits, 'Cats and Kids Block Party. (Photo by Gina Grillo / Pioneer Press.)

"Our high school has participated in this event for seven-plus years, and our students were super excited to celebrate Evanston as a town, and to take their spot in this community," says Evanston Township High School band director Haley Nichols in a story in today's Pioneer Press and Chicago Tribune.

She tells reporter Gina Grillo, "The opportunity for the ETHS marching band to play alongside a Big Ten band like NU is also a great inspiration."

The Northwestern University "Wildcat" Marching Band, alongside the Evanston Township High School "Wildkit" Marching Band, entertained kids and fans during last Thursday's now-traditional Evanston Day festivities.

The back-to-school affair has drawn sizeable crowds since its inception in 2010. Taking over the area at Sherman Avenue and Davis Street, the three-hour event included games, crafts, family fun, and live music.

"It’s really a time for us to come together to celebrate our kids, our schools and our community," Evanston Deputy City Manger Kimberly Richardson says in the story.

Evanston resident Janelle Stuart says, "I attended school in Evanston School District 65 and I want my kids to experience the fact that they are part of Evanston’s larger educational community which includes Northwestern University." She brings her three children to the block party every year, according to Grillo.

The 'Kits and 'Cats bands teamed up again on Saturday prior to the Northwestern vs. Akron football game.

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