Mark your calendar for the 2022 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade on July 20-23, 2022. Enjoy great floats and performances at this signature Aquatennial event. We can’t wait to gather together for another fantastic evening in the heart of downtown as we kick off the 2021 Aquatennial.
2021 Grand Marshals: Heroes of Healthcare
The 2021 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade grand marshals represented all of the heroes of healthcare in our community. During the pandemic, our healthcare community went above and beyond to save lives in our community, putting their own health at risk in the process. At the 2021 CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade, five members of Hennepin Healthcare community represented our Heroes of Healthcare on the Grand Marshal float.
Shawna Sheppard, RRT represents respiratory therapists, some of the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic–doing what is needed at the bedside to clear airways and make sure patients can breathe. Shawna did just that, and more. In the midst of caring for critically ill patients, she donated a kidney to her father.
Shirlee Xie, MD is a hospitalist who, like many other physicians, cared for COVID-19 patience throughout the pandemic. You may have also seen her on national television sharing what a typical day was like in a busy public hospital.
Jalilia Abdul-Brown is Hennepin Helathcare’s Next Step Program Violence Prevention Specialist and Case Manager. The Next Step program supported communities in Minneapolis with COVID testing, vaccinations, a health-based food shelf, and violence prevention and mental health programming in BIPOC neighborhoods.
Evan Trewyn, RN is a registered nurse. Caregivers in the Emergency Department have experienced an extremely busy year due to COVID-19. Evan is one of the many nurses who helped triage and care for COVID patience in the Emergency Department throughout the pandemic.
Emily Herding, MS is a medical technologist in Hennepin Healthcare’s Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, one of the first labs in the state to offer COVID-19 testing. Emily and her team were champions behind the scenes, making sure tens of thousands of patients received test results as quickly as possible.
Thank you to our Heroes of Healthcare! We appreciate all you do for our community!Take a look at the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade map below (click to enlarge).
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.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 EMCEES: K102’s CHRIS CARR and COMPANY