The University Avenue Community Parade will start at Highway 280 and roll to Hamline Avenue on Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. Community organizations and members are uniting this month for the second straight year to demonstrate their “coming together” to ensure that this diverse community is respected and its voices heard for a better future. The parade will begin at Grotto and Edmund, travel to University, go along University to Galtier, and head south to the Western Sculpture Garden.
Parade organizers report this week that with the impact of full-blown construction causing disruptions and impacting daily lives of University Avenue area businesses, homes and residents, support for and interest in this year’s parade is even greater and more heightened than last year’s premiere event. A wide variety of groups signed up to march in the August 20 parade, amplifying their message theme, “We Are Family — Along University!”
The “Unify University Parade” once again is collaborating with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, as the group features its 10th annual Hmong Art and Music Festival in the Western Sculpture Garden in St. Paul at the culmination of the parade. Various speakers will address the public at an assembly immediately following the parade at the sculpture garden.
Primary parade supporters and sponsors this year include: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, Transit for Livable Communities, the Metropolitan Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing, the city’s District 7 & 8 planning councils, Sibley Bike Depot and the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation.
The mission of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable shelter for all people a matter of conscience. An award-winning nonprofit housing developer, Twin Cities Habitat is committed to building the quality of life, health and economic prosperity of the region by producing, preserving and advocating for affordable homeownership – because homes and families are the foundation of successful communities. For more information, visit www.tchabitat.org
Aurora-St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporations is a community development agency that has served the Frogtown and Rondo areas of St. Paul for 30 years. Our services include physical development (the construction and rehabilitation of affordable homes and retail space) economic development (an entrepreneurship training program) and social development (community safety initiatives and a resident leadership training program). “Our mission is to foster positive relationships within and between the neighborhoods we serve and to support their members in effecting the quality of life in their communities”