In 1995 St. Louis Park started its City Vision process, and discussions were held about holding a City-wide celebration that was perhaps more inclusive than Party in the Park, which had no City involvement. A board was formed, and the group included the City, businesses, and many nonprofit organizations. A contest for a name was won by a local youngster.

The first celebration was held on June 11-15, 1997, in conjunction with the Rec Center grand opening. The City liaison for the event was Bridget Wynn of Parks and Rec., who continued her role on a volunteer basis after she retired.

The 1998 parade took place on June 17.  It started on 26th Street near Peter Hobart Elementary School, made a right turn on Dakota Ave., and ended at 33rd Street just past St. Louis Park Sr. High School.

See the group’s web site at

 Also see Celebrations