A blue highway across the Mississippi


The Solstice River Celebration XII included dance, banners, music, and audience participation. I watched last Saturday as performers, marchers, kayakers, and musicians paraded, paddled, and danced around and under the Stone Arch Bridge, on the dike of the lock, along the banks and mooring cells, on the grain silos by the mills and the Guthrie, and near the St. Anthony Falls. A short rain toward the end of the performance chased most of the audience away, but enough remained to create an undulating “blue highway” as we held a 1,200-foot banner and waved it, pushing various sized balls along its length. What a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year, with the Minneapolis skyline as a backdrop.

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