The Aquatennial Ambassadors represent the Minneapolis Aquatennial at nearly 300 community festivals and events throughout North America each year.
The Ambassador Crew consists of the Queen of the Lakes, Commodore, two Aquatennial Princesses and two Captains who volunteer their time and efforts for the AAO.
The Senior Ambassadors, supported by the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Association (MASAA) complete the Aquatennial Ambassador Crew with the Senior Queen, Senior Commodore, Senior Princess and Senior Vice-Commodore.
At the end of their year of service as an Aquatennial Ambassador, the Queen of the Lakes and Princesses each receive educational scholarships provided by the generous donors and members of the AAO.
Aquatennial Ambassador Crew
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The Queen of the Lakes began with the Aquatennial's inception in 1940.
When the Ambassador Crew visits a community that sends an Ambassador Candidate to Aquatennial Week, a Queen's Charm is given to the Candidate as her official invitation.
is the primary spokesperson for the AAO and escort of the Queen of the Lakes.
At each festival the Ambassador Crew visits, an Honorary Commodore Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer nominated by the local community.
In recognition of his/her year of service, the Commodore is promoted to Admiral and is given a blue coat.
The Aquatennial Princesses were added to the Ambassador Crew in 1952.
Similar to the Queen of the Lakes, each Princess wears a Crown featuring a stylized "M" for Minneapolis inside of a heart and waves representing the City's nickname, "The City of Lakes."
The Aquatennial Captains
are the primary escorts of the Princesses and responsible for keeping the Aquatennial Crew organized and on-time.
Captains & Commodores are chosen by a nomination committee. In recognition of their year of service, the Captains are promoted to Commanders and given a gray coat.