Join us for the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, set to take place Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:30 p.m. Join the community as they gather and watch great floats, displays and bands march through the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. This is CenterPoint Energy’s 19th year being part of the Aquatennial and sponsoring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Come down and celebrate on July 24! Plus, scroll down to get your FREE ride passes courtesy of Metro Transit.
The Minneapolis Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade has been a longstanding Aquatennial tradition. As a flagship Aquatennial event, the parade continues to grow. The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota. We’re excited to see you at this year’s event!
Thank you to Stillwater Native, X Games Standout Nicole Hause for being our 2018 Grand Marshal!
Thank you to Stillwater-native and X Games standout Nicole Hause, who was an excellent Grand Marshal of the 2018 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade!
Hause was named 2016 Female Bowl Skater of the Year by World Cup Skating. Born in 1997 in Stillwater, Hause began skating at 10 years old after attending a friend’s skateboard birthday party. Her dad built her a ramp shortly thereafter, and at age 15 she turned pro.
Hause missed her 2016 high school graduation to participate in her first X Games. Since then, she placed first in 2017 and 2018 at Malmo, Sweden’s Vert Attack as well as first in the 2018 Vans Girls Combi Pool Classic Pro and first in the 2018 Dew Tour. Last year at X Games in Minneapolis, Hause placed fourth.
During her career, she has competed in the U.S.A., Sweden, Australia and Brazil. Hause is known for her big air, speed and powerful style on the skateboard.
“I am very excited to be the Grand Marshal at the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade,” Hause said. “It’s great to be home, and being part of the Aquatennial and the X Games in downtown Minneapolis in the same week is going to be awesome.”
MEET OUR 2018 EMCEES: K102’s CHRIS CARR and COMPANY
We’re excited that K102’s Chris Carr & Company morning show will return this year to emcee the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade! Join us July 18 and enjoy Chris, Kia, McKaila and Maverick on site at the emcee table.
About the team:
Chris was the afternoon drive on K102 in Minneapolis until he moved to Cincinnati’s WUBE-FM and eventually created Chris Carr & Co with co-host, Jeff “Maverick” Bolen. Now he’s come back to K102 to be close to family again and says he will be picking up right where he left off six years ago. Maverick has returned to Minnesota with Chris to continue the Chris Carr & Co. success.
Kia is a Co-Host with Chris Carr and Company and Music Director at K102. Minnesota born and raised, Kia wears sundresses, ripped jeans and always a pair of cowboy boots. She loves camping, fishing, and country music. Kia doesn’t understand the separation between work and play. K102 has been her home since she began in 2009 in Promotions and quickly grew her career.
McKaila is the newest member of Chris Carr & Company. Along with doing everything digital, McKaila has stepped up to become the show’s producer. She is the resident Millennial of the show, and she doesn’t hesitate to say whatever comes to her mind. You can always find her out and about trying something new!
The light-hearted co-host of The Chris Carr and Company Show for 9+ years with 23+ years in country music radio. Maverick is known for having one of the most infectious laughs in radio that causes the audience to laugh along even when they may have missed what he’s laughing at. Maverick is known for his well-loved segments “Minny News”, “Only in Minnesota” and “Redneck Traffic Report.”
HOW TO GET HERE
Join us for the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, located on Hennepin Avenue between the Basilica of St. Mary and 5th Street N. Find a spot along Hennepin Avenue and enjoy the parade!
Parking garages are located on both sides of Hennepin Avenue, and Metro Transit services the area through Light Rail Transit (Green Line to and from St. Paul, Blue Line to and from MSP International Airport/Mall of America) as well as bus routes connecting across the metro area.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE
Stop by the Loring Park Pre-Parade Family Fun Night (including Rally the Family and Wilderness Inquiry Voyageur Canoe Rides) from 6-8:30 pm, watch or run the Life Time Torchlight 5K at 7:30 pm. And stop by great local restaurants like Kieran’s Irish Pub, The Loon Cafe, Lyon’s Pub, Mercy, Murray’s Steakhouse and others.