Tap water stations at tonight’s parade will help spectators endure heat

The hot weather will affect thousands of people attending tonight’s Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade along Hennepin Avenue. To help everyone beat the heat, the City of Minneapolis will have drinking water stations along the parade route. Visitors are strongly advised to bring re-fillable water bottles to the event so they can stay hydrated.

The parade often takes place on one of the hottest evenings of the summer, and this year is no exception. A heat advisory is in effect, and today’s high is expected to be above 90 degrees. 

Water stations will be on both sides of Hennepin at the intersections of 6th Street, 9th Street and Spruce Place/Laurel Avenue.


Minneapolis is the state’s largest producer of drinking water. We make around 50 million gallons of clean tap water every day that meets or surpasses federal and state guidelines for water safety. Unlike bottled water, which often costs more than gasoline, Minneapolis tap is a bargain at less than half a cent a gallon. Plus, drinking Minneapolis tap water is a better choice for the environment because it creates less waste: no shipping or single-use plastic bottles are needed for folks to enjoy it.

Minneapolis tap water goes to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Minneapolis, Bloomington, Columbia Heights, Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, Hilltop and the Morningside neighborhood of Edina. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport also gets Minneapolis tap water.

You can get more information on the quality and value of Minneapolis tap water at www.tapmpls.com.


The official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis offers outstanding entertainment and activities in the “City of Lakes” for all ages. It is managed and produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council. The festival is sponsored by Target, CenterPoint Energy, U.S. Bank, Star Tribune, Xcel Energy, Tunheim, Hennepin County Medical Center, Life Time Fitness, Subway, Agropur, Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling, Radio Disney, and K102.  For more information, please visit Aquatennial.com or call 612-376-7669.


The Minneapolis Downtown council works to preserve and enhance a vital and attractive downtown for the people who invest, work, shop, visit and live in Minneapolis.  Founded in 1955 and one of the oldest central business district associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council produces such cherished Minneapolis events as the Aquatennial and Holidazzle Parade.  For more information, visit downtownmpls.com.

Published Jul 17, 2013



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