Mark your calendar for the 2024 Aquatennial Torchlight Parade on July 24, 2024. 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 2024 Aquatennial.


Come early and find your spot along Nicollet Mall from 12th to 4th Streets. The emcee stand will be located at 11th and Nicollet, where K102’s Chris Carr & Company will be announcing all the parade units as they go by.


We are excited for you to join us at the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade. Note that 12th Street (between Marquette and Nicollet) and Nicollet (from 12th to 4th Streets) close to traffic by 6:30 pm, and through traffic leading up to and during the parade will be available at 10th, 7th, 6th and 5th Streets. Recommended parking for the event includes:

  • 1111 S. Marquette Parking Ramp (1111 Marquette Avenue South)
  • 710 Marquette Avenue S. Garage (710 S. Marquette Ave.)
  • City Center Ramp (10 S. 7th Street)
  • Leamington Ramp (1001 2nd Avenue South)
  • Take Metro Transit

    Take Metro Transit to the Aquatennial Torchlight Parade. Click Here to plan your trip. And click the link below to download your free ride pass. This pass will be valid from 4 pm – midnight on Wednesday, July 24. Print your pass and use it on Metro Transit buses or light rail.


    The Minneapolis Aquatennial Torchlight Parade has been a longstanding Aquatennial tradition. As a flagship Aquatennial event, the parade continues to grow. The Torchlight Parade is the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota.