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Jackie Beckey’s Psychedelic Art Parade will be kicking off the festival tonight at 9:15 pm on the Stone Arch Bridge. This 40 piece marching band that draws inspiration from the after-dark parades of Mardi Gra, as well as Afro Beat rhythms, Balkan brass phrasing, and Eastern European string arrangements, has composed a special performance to start off tonight’s festivities.

The Psychedelic Marching Band will start at the western end of the bridge near the Mill City Museum and will progress across the bridge, ending around 9:45 pm near the Soap Factory. Please join us at 9 pm on the bridge to commence our festival with a welcoming speech from Mayor R.T. Rybak followed by this awesome glowing parade!