Luau on Broadway: St. Paul Park celebrates Heritage Days (W/VIDEO)Get ready for a little taste of the tropics in St. Paul Park.
Get ready for a little taste of the tropics in St. Paul Park.
“Luau on Broadway,” the 28th edition of the city’s annual Heritage Days celebration, kicks off Thursday, Aug. 16, an island treat at the end of a summer filled with tropical temperatures and some jungle-like humidity.
The Royal Mud Stomp gets things off to a messy start Thursday evening, gathering area festival royalty and their families for an event at the volleyball courts located at Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue.
Things really get going Friday, Aug. 17, when the Heritage Days Carnival opens at 4 p.m., followed by a Glow n’ Bowl event at Park Grove Bowl. Live music is also on offer Friday night at Park Place Sports Bar and Hidden Harbor Marina.
The popular mud volleyball tournament begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the Heritage Days parade—starting at 11 a.m.—marches north on Summit Avenue and West on Broadway before ending at Second Street.
Activities like the First 50 Car Show, a Boy Scout-run dunk tank, the second-annual Heritage Days bean bag tournament and a horseshoe tournament will continue throughout the afternoon and the annual street dance will close out the day’s formal festivities from 6:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.
All-you-can-eat pancakes mark the start of the event’s third day, followed by a memorial motorcycle ride at 11 a.m., a kids parade at noon, the garden tractor pull at 12:30 p.m. and a moustache contest at 3 p.m.
Hungry? Festival-goers will have plenty of fair food options throughout the weekend, with Broadway Bar and Grill, Carbone’s Pizzeria, Park Café all offering eats, as well as the St. Paul Park Fire Department’s firehouse tacos.
The crowning of Miss and Junior Miss Heritage Days wraps up the 2012 celebration Monday night at Park High School in Cottage Grove. For a full schedule of events, see Page 4C, or online at heritagedaysfestival.org.