Get stoked, Detroit skaters! The city has been picked as the site of the ninth annual Wild in the Streets, a national skating event on Thursday, international Go Skateboarding Day.

Skateboarders are asked to show up at Detroit's Hart Plaza at noon, where they'll skate around for a short while before embarking on a five-mile, one-of-a-kind trip through the city. Essentially, the event is a skateboarder's version of Critical Mass, a monthly event where cyclists take to the streets in large numbers.

"This a celebration," said Mark Waters, a longtime California skater who's helping organize the event. "There's nothing like skating through the streets with a thousand people. It empowers kids."

Past "Wild in the Streets" events in places like New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver have drawn thousands. Waters, who's been involved with the event since it started in 2004, is expecting between 2,000 and 5,000 people for this year's meetup. He said he already knows of three skaters from Japan who flew in to attend "Wild in the Streets" and he's letting a group from Anaheim, Calif., crash with him when he found out they had driven to Detroit to participate. Waters said he's blown away by the amount of support and enthusiasm he's received from the local skating community.

"We've done this nine times and nothings been like the the city of Detroit," Waters told The Huffington Post. "It's so easy to work with people ... and we feel kind of lucky getting the reception we've had coming in as outside skateboarders."

The event is being sponsored by Emerica, a skateboard shoe company and team sponsor that once employed Waters. Both Waters and members of Emerica's professional skateboard team are promoting the Thursday ride to benefit the construction of the RideIt Sculpture Park, a special skate park revitalization project being put together in Detroit near the East Davison Freeway by a group called Power House Productions. They're also helping raise awareness about an effort by a Florida-based non-profit skateboarding project called Boards for Bros to donate almost 100 skateboards to youth who live in the neighborhood by the park.

Waters said construction has already started on the skate park, adding that it's received a lot of support from local artists and skate shops. It will receive a little more Thursday night after the ride when Modern Skate Park in Royal Oak will hold a benefit for the park organized by Jay Navarro, a former member of the rock group Suicide Machines. Real Detroit reports that Navarro's new band Break Anchor will be performing with Child Bite, Snakewing, Drunk Dom & the Roaches and Wrist Rocket.

Part of the proceeds from the benefit concert will go to the family of Ryan Gaynier, a local skateboarder who died in a car accident over the weekend. This year's Wild in the Streets is dedicated to Gaynier, who rode for the Refuge Skateboardshop in Dearborn, Mich.

The "Wild in the Streets" skateboard ride takes place Thursday at noon at Hart Plaza in Detroit. The after party/benefit concert will happen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Modern Skate Park at 1500 North Stephenson Hwy. in Royal Oak.

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. -- Check out some riders and tricks from the Wild in the Street ride in the gallery below.

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    24-year-old Auttiesh Danger of Grand Rapids warms up for Wild in the Streets on Go Skateboarding Day (June 21) in Detroit at the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge in Detroit's Mexicantown. "We came out just to be a part of history in the making," he told The Huffington Post. "The Emerica team is here. They got Michigan live. They got Detroit. They got the city live -- all of us came out. I know there's going to be thousands, thousands of kids out here."

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    Mike Hoag, 23, of Grand Rapids practices at the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge in Detroit's Mexican Town. "Brought the whole team out here," he told The Huffington Post. "We got three carloads deep of people coming out. It's about to be going down in the D."

  • Wild In The Streets Detroit

    These skaters are part of an amateur skateboard team from Grand Rapids, Mich. They showed up at the Bagley Pedestrian Bridge In Detroit's Mexicantown at about 9 a.m. in anticipation of the Ninth Annual Wild in the Streets event in Detroit. Pictured from left to right: Mike Hoag, Kenny Hoag, Auttiesh Danger, John Tod.

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    After the ride to Eastern Market, skaters get their tricks... down at the tennis courts!

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    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

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    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

  • Wild In The Streets Detroit

    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

  • Wild In The Streets Detroit

    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

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    Wipeout! Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

  • Wild In The Streets Detroit

    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

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    Skaters participating in Wild in the Streets warm up at Hart Plaza before the ride around noon on June 21, 2012.

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    Jaimmy Miller, 16, of Farmington, Mich. (left) is pictured here with Emerica's global brand director TImothy Nickloff, 35. Miller said he was at the event to honor the memory of his friend, skateboarder Ryan Gaynier, who died in a car accident over the weekend. "It's all for him in my opinion," said Miller.

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    Wicked! The ride begins at Hart Plaza.

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    Skaters roll out at Hart Plaza.

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    Around 2,000 skateboarders take to the streets for Go Skateboarding Day 2012 in Detroit. Here they're cruising north on Woodward Avenue.

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    Wiiillldd in the Streets!

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    More skating on the streets of Detroit for Go Skateboarding Day.

  • Wild In The Streets Detroit

    Around 2,000 skateboarders take to the streets for Go Skateboarding Day 2012 in Detroit.

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    Wild in the Street-ers turn down Mack Avenue towards Eastern Market.

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    Skaters from Eastern Market to an abandoned tennis court to show off some tricks and chill out.

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    This skateboarder is clearly enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime Detroit moment.

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    Some of the Wild in the Streets crew get real wild and take a detour into Detroit's Cass Corridor.

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    A few of the skateboarders take a short break on a detour into the Cass Corridor.

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    After a slight detour, skaters return to Woodward Avenue.

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    Benjamin Schwandt, 23 of Mt. Clemens and Justin Bohl, 27, of Clawson took a slight detour and wait for the rest of the pack to catch up with them. Bohl said he and his friend came "just to skate and hang out with all our friends, people from all over Michigan -- and even from out of state." He added: "There's quite a few pro skateboarders here too who are legends in the skateboarding world. to see them and skate through the streets of Detroit is pretty amazing."

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    The Wild in the Streets crowd start the rush to get wild in the courts.

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    Skaters show their skills down at the abandoned tennis courts near Eastern Market and I-75.

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    Skaters show their skills down at the abandoned tennis courts near Eastern Market and I-75.

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    Skaters show their skills down at the abandoned tennis courts near Eastern Market and I-75.

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    Some skaters check out the fun down on the courts from a nearby building.

  • Posing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Andrew_Geller"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1801965889/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Andrew_Geller">Andrew Geller</a>:<br />Emerica pro Brandon Westgate poses for a picture with 16 year old Andrew Geller from Birmingham, MI at Hart Plaza.

  • Sun setting at Hart Plaza - still skating.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Reci715"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1722841065/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Reci715">Reci715</a>:<br />My buddy Fan and some awesome skaters at Hart Plaza near sundown.

  • Ed Templeton

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1255107-tiny.png?20101010141342" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery">Lauren Montgomery</a>:<br />The amazing Ed Templeton. Sporting a Lieca film camera around his neck. A pleasure to meet and photograph. (C) Lauren Montgomery

  • Jerry Hsu

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1255107-tiny.png?20101010141342" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery">Lauren Montgomery</a>:<br />Who doesn't love Jerry Hsu, Pro Skater for Emerica. Photo by Lauren Montgomery.

  • Brandon Robinson, Jerry Hsu, and Steve Carmickle

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1255107-tiny.png?20101010141342" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery">Lauren Montgomery</a>:<br />Pro skater Hsu with two Detroit skateboarders. Photo by Lauren Montgomery

  • Bryan Herman

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1255107-tiny.png?20101010141342" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery">Lauren Montgomery</a>:<br />Pro skater Bryan Herman of Emerica. Photo by Lauren Montgomery

  • Wild In The Streets, Detroit 2012

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1255107-tiny.png?20101010141342" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Lauren_Montgomery">Lauren Montgomery</a>:<br />Photo by Lauren Montgomery

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