CLICK HERE and submit your application to take part in the 2018 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade!
Join us for the Aquatennial’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, set to take place Wednesday, July 18 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 18th year being part of the Aquatennial and sponsoring the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. Come down and celebrate on July 18! Plus, scroll down to get your FREE ride passes courtesy of Metro Transit.
If you have any questions about this year’s parade, email [email protected].
ABOUT THE CENTERPOINT ENERGY TORCHLIGHT PARADE
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 COACH FLECK FOR ROWING THE FLOAT AS THE 2017 GRAND MARSHAL
The Minneapolis Aquatennial welcomed University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck as last year’s CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade Grand Marshal. Coach Fleck became the 30th coach in Gophers football history when he was hired on Jan. 6, 2017. Fleck, 36, is one of the youngest and brightest minds in the game. He was named Mid-America Conference coach of the year in 2014 and 2016. He turned Western Michigan’s program around, turning a 1-11 Broncos team in 2013 during his first season into a 13-1 squad in 2016—winning the school’s first MAC championship since 1988 en route to a Cotton Bowl appearance. He was joined by his family on this year’s Grand Marshal float. Thanks to Coach Fleck for Rowing The Float! Ski-U-Mah!
WE’RE EXCITE TO WELCOME BACK OUR 2018 EMCEES: K102’s CHRIS CARR & 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!
Thanks to Metro Transit, you can download a free pass and get here bus or light rail train downtown on Wednesday, July 19 from 4 pm to midnight!
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 5-7:30 pm, watch or run the Twin Cities Orthopedics 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.
Take a look at the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade map below.