The Minneapolis Aquatennial announced today that Stillwater-native Nicole Hause, who will again participate in the upcoming X Games in downtown Minneapolis this month, will be the Grand Marshal of the 2018 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade on Wednesday, July 18 at 8:30-10:30 pm

Known as the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota, the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade’s Grand Marshal is one of the top female skateboarders in the world.

“Our company looks forward to the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade every year because it’s an exciting way to show appreciation for, and spend time with, the communities we serve each day,” said Brad Tutunjian, division vice president of Gas Operations in Minnesota. “For eighteen consecutive years, it has been a privilege to be able to sponsor this fun-filled event and it’s our hope that everyone can join us in celebrating on July 18.”

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.”

The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, along with fellow flagship event Target Fireworks on Saturday, July 21 at 10 p.m., bookend four jam-packed days of Aquatennial events and programming that features two-dozen free and family-friendly events throughout downtown and along the Mississippi Riverfront—where our city was born.