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Aquatennial- Parade Day

The Aquatennial has many great traditions. The Parade is one of the greatest and it holds a special place in many Minnesotans hearts. In it's most recent form, the Torchlight Parade, has been one of the most popular night time parades in the country.

Some of the famous Grand Marshals throughout the years.

Politicians have included Richard Nixon, Walter Mondale, U.S. Vice President Alben Barkley & Hubert Humphrey (6 times).

Famous Celebrity Grand Marshals have included-

Bob Hope (twice)

Issac Hays

Tippi Henren- West High Alumni

Johnny Mathis

David Cassidy

Billy Graham

Esther Williams (twice)

Gene Autry and his Horse Champion

Sports personalities

Gophers Coaches

PJ Flex

Jerry Kill

Soccer Star Darwin Queintero

X-Games Star- Nicole Hause

Restaurant innovator, and James Beard Award Winner, Ann Kim

The Grand Marshal has many times been awarded to Ambassadors from many other countries, as well as high ranking military personal.


The Aquatennial Parade has looked different over the years-

Parades as part of the Aquatennial have had names like the Grande Day Parade, starting out of Parade Stadium, The Twilight Parade, and most recently the The Torchlight Parade.


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