To the Friends of Grand Avenue,
I know this response will concern many in St. Paul and neighboring areas, and it is with a heavy heart that I am asked to inform you – small businesses on Grand Avenue, neighbors, and loyal Grand Old Day parade-goers – that Grand Old Day 2020 will not take place. I am sure you can understand with the dizzying swirl of change around the world from the COVID-19 pandemic, our little corner of the universe
is adhering to the guidelines set out to keep all of us healthy and safe. This decision was made jointly with our city leaders as well as the police department.
Coming off the heels of last summer’s Grand Old Day, which had some challenges of its own, the good news is, the vision and planning that has gone on thus far by the Grand Avenue Business Association for creating a never-yet seen parade with 35 foot helium filled balloons floating down our avenue and other never-been seen acts and attractions, more local food and drink offerings, and other surprises will not be in vain! Our sites are set for 2021 Grand Old Day to be the very best of the best.
As the Grand Old Day chairman, I too am asking, “If there is no Grand Old Day, how will we kick off the summer in St. Paul?” If restrictions have eased by June 7, 2020, I invite you to come over to Grand Avenue with your family and friends. If restaurants and businesses are open, I encourage you to dine, eat, shop – just like you do to support our local businesses.
The businesses on Grand Avenue appreciate whatever support you are able to give them now. Getting food to-go, purchasing gift cards, and buying online from our local shops are all ways that can we can help support each other.
We are all in this together – and as importantly, as a St. Paul community. Summer will kick off!
In gratitude for your understanding and support,
Peter Emmett Kenefick
Grand Old Day Chair
Owner, Emmett’s Public House, Dixie’s on Grand, Saji-Ya
President, Grand Avenue Business Association
Bob Lawrence State Farm