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Aquatennial – Fun, adventure and a pageant of beauty

Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota, which lies on the banks of the Mississippi River. With a population of 3.5 million, Minneapolis is recorded as the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Its lake waters and wetlands, flowing through creeks and cascading down stunning water
falls eloquently portray the city’s picturesque setting. Apart from its ecological assets, the city’s cultural organizations bring together the diverse community of Minneapolis through the promotion of its public and social programmes of theatre, art and music. Among the many vibrant celebrations that are held throughout the year the Minneapolis Aquatennial celebrates the splendour of the city’s natural water world, including its rivers, streams and famous lakes. During the third week of July for ten full days, the city is full of activity, gathering families and friends together for The Ten Best Days of Summer!
The programme includes aro
und seventy events that are carefully lined up to ensure a thrilling adventure week for everyone who takes part. With its extravagant array of programmes from a triathlon to a vibrant parade, sand castle building to beach volleyball, the festival concludes with nights of blaring fireworks. All this and more makes the Aquatennial bigger than the celebrations on the 4th of July.
Apart from the grand festival itself, the affiliation of it with other communities across the states is apparent with the occasion of the Aquatennial’s Queen of the Lakes Program that is held each year. Fifty young women who are elected by their own neighbourhoods from across Minnesota are given the opportunity to partake in two Princess titles and the Queen of the Lakes pageant. Representing each of their communities the ladies travel around the country, within the states and even in international festivals held throughout their reigning year.
Gather your extended family and plan a stay at one of the great Minneapolis hotels to compensate all the times you have missed being together. Friends and family that visit the city during this festive season will find many Minneapolis hotel deals, offered by Millennium Hotel Minneapolis, nestled downtown offering entertaining nightlife, shopping and business destinations.

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