ST. PAUL (Aug. 14, 2013) — After two years of construction along University Avenue, the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods are looking towards a new future along the Central Corridor/Green Line.
Under the banner “Unify University!” community organizations and members are uniting to make sure their diverse communities are respected and their vision of a new University Avenue is heard.
The parade will begin at Maxfield School, a Promise Neighborhood school on Central Avenue between Victoria and Grotto. It will go along Victoria and Aurora streets, run along University Avenue from Grotto to Mackubin (crossing Dale) and then head westward again on Charles, until it swings north on Grotto to end at the West Minnehaha Rec Center, home of the Frogtown Fall Festival. Parade lineup is at 9 am. and the parade starts at 10 a.m.
Parade organizers have found that a new sense of opportunity is coming down University. The disruption of construction has been replaced by an unknown future. More and more groups are taking part in the parade, from businesses (the Asian Economic Development Center) to art organizations (the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent) to local residents, like Cozmo and Louie, a mother-daughter clown team.
The “Unify University Parade” will be ending at the West Minnehaha Rec Center, where the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) is coordinating a Public Assembly and Open Mic, giving youth of all ages the chance to voice their concerns. The Rec Center is also hosting the Frogtown Fall Festival, a football scrimmage and health fair with children’s activities.
Primary parade supporters and sponsors this year include: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, the Unify University! committee, and the Frogtown Neighborhood Association. The parade has been made possible with a cultural STAR grant from the City of St. Paul.