NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Rice Street Festival 2011


Fifty runners racing down Rice Street opened the annual Rice Street parade, followed by the St. Paul Police band.  The band usually opens the parade each year.  The parade went from Atwater to Arlington starting at 7 p.m., Friday, July 29.

The festival’s coronation candidates rode in cars or on floats, Community School of Excellence performed dance and gymnastics, Klondike Kates sang and the Vulcans greeted the crowd.

“This year we had a large police presence,” said Steve Johnson, a neighborhood resident and security guard.  “There were a couple of skirmishes between young people but for the most part our parade went well.”  Both sides of Rice Street were crowded with sightseers.

Kickball Tournament, 4th annual car show, and the festival coronation are just a few of the remaining activities for Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.

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