The 1943 Aquatennial Parade on Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
The 1943 Aquatennial Parade on Hennepin Avenue.
Nothing says summer quite like a parade. And no parade says Minnesota quite like the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Honoring the state’s borderline obsessive pride in its greatest natural resource, water, since 1940, the Aquatennial represents all that is glitzy and fantastical and kitchy about summertime civic celebrating, and the Torchlight Parade is its shining star. Come the third week in July, every July, Twin Citians can count on the community coming together in lawn chairs along Hennepin Avenue to watch the Torchlight’s literal pomp and circumstance unfurl before them. It’s throwback escapism at its best because, hey, everyone loves a parade.
July 22Torchlight Parade, Mpls., 8:30–10:30 p.m.
Although the Aquatennial’s parade may be one of our most iconic parades, it’s just the tip of the Twin Cities’ parade iceberg.