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Twin Cities events celebrating Juneteenth

Twin Cities events celebrating Juneteenth

All over the Twin Cities this weekend, events are going on in celebration of Juneteenth, the federal holiday on June 19 that commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved Africans in America.

Juneteenth has been around since 1866, but in 2021 it was made a federal holiday, and now people have a new energy to their celebrations. Many kicked things off with a parade down Fremont Avenue in Minneapolis; an event to boost unity in the community with dozens of organizations and groups on display.

“With all the stuff we’ve been going through, it’s a positive aspect, something we need back in North Minneapolis,” Terrance Frelix told FOX 9.

A lot of the fun on Saturday was centered around Bethune Park, where the crowd honored its history, while looking ahead optimistically to what is to come.

“This is really the time that black folks can actually celebrate our freedom,” Jasmine D’avilar said. “And just celebrate Black joy and Black businesses and just celebrate the culture that we have here.”

Nearby in North Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota hosted an inaugural Juneteenth celebration. The event was centered around “blackness and the black experience,” with Black vendors, speakers and performers.

“I think there’s always a need to celebrate black culture and black people,” D’avilar continued. 

As she bounced between different gatherings in town, she said she hopes to see all of it grow in future years, “We do need more days like this, we need more opportunities, we need more than just one month to celebrate our history because black history is American history,” D’avilar finished.

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Two upcoming twin cities events in Burlington | The Bay Observer

Two upcoming twin cities events in Burlington | The Bay Observer

The City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee is celebrating spring with two events on Saturday, May 14, in honour of Burlington’s twin cities, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands and Itabashi, Japan.

Canada Netherlands Friendship Day – May 14, starting at 10 a.m.

The annual celebration of Canada Netherlands Friendship Day will recognize the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Armed Forces and the 17th anniversary of the City of Burlington’s twinning with the City of Apeldoorn. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St, and will feature:

Raising of the Canadian and Dutch flags

Greetings from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Consul General of the Netherlands, Harman Idema and Elizabeth Witmer, former Deputy Premier of Ontario

Presentation from B.T. Lindley Public School

Musical interludes by members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band

Apeldoorn and Burlington student artwork display.

Sakura Festival – May 14, starting at 1 p.m.

The Sakura Festival will celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre from

1 to 3 p.m. The free event will offer:

Greetings from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Consul General of Japan, SASAYAMA Takuya

A Japanese drumming performance from Do Kon Daiko

A demonstration from Shudokan Family Karate

A Koto performance from Mari Kunsanagi and Logan Scott

A singing and shamisen performance from Ten Ten Canada, featuring TAKAHASHI Aki

A performance from dance group Sakuramai

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St. Patrick’s Day 2022 events: Parades in Twin Cities metro

St. Patrick's Day 2022 events: Parades in Twin Cities metro

St. Patrick’s Day parade in St. Paul (File photo) (FOX 9)

Minnesota will join the rest of the world in marking St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday.

Parades and other celebrations are planned in the Twin Cities to mark the celebration of Ireland’s most famous patron saint – along with everything Irish.

St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Arguably the capitol of all St. Patty’s-related events in Minnesota, the state’s capitol city will once again host a parade starting at noon at Rice Park and traveling down 5th Street, ending in front of CHS Field, a reversal of the parade’s traditional route. 

Immediately after parade-goers can attend the Ballpark Hooley at CHS Field immediately from 12 to 3 p.m., featuring live music, Irish dancers and beer specials. Tickets for the event run $5 if purchased in advance or $10 at the gate.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Landmark Center

The Landmark Center in St. Paul will also hold an event on Thursday to mark the holiday. That celebration produced by the Irish Music and Dance Association will last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and feature Celtic music, dancing, authentic vendors.

The event will also be live-streamed but tickets are required to view the stream.

Proof of vaccination or a recent negative test is required for visitors.

Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 54th annual Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will return to Columbia Heights on Thursday, with a parade set to start at 40th Avenue NE and Van Buren Street at 6 p.m.

The parade will go west on 40th at Van Buren, hang a left on Mill Street NE, and end at John P. Murzyn Hall at 530 Mill Street NE.

At Murzyn Hall, the Blarney Blast, a family-friend celebration, will follow the parade with Irish dancers, live music, Irish food, and more.

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hopkins

Hopkins will once again host what they say is likely the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The four-block celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. at the American Legion at 10 12th Avenue South in Hopkins and travel east down Mainstreet towards the Elks Lodge at 30 8th Avenue South.

Anyone is welcome to join the festivities.