North St. Paul’s Fall Round Up Parade prepares to march through town

Despite the rain, a local clown club delighted spectators at the 2015 Fall Round Up Parade in downtown North St. Paul. This year, the parade will be held Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and will travel down Seventh Avenue, from First to Henry street. file photo

In May 2016, Paul Anderson was awarded the Legacy Award by the city of North St. Paul. Now the former city councilman is being honored as grand marshal of the Fall Round Up parade. file photo

With fall fast approaching, it’s time again for North St. Paul’s Fall Round Up Parade. This year’s parade will be Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The parade will travel down North St. Paul’s historic Seventh Avenue from First to Henry street and feature some new and returning attractions.

ROAD CLOSURES - For those who might be driving through North St. Paul the afternoon of Sept. 14, Third and Second streets, between North St. Paul Drive and Seventh Avenue, will be closed from 5:30 p.m. through the end of the Fall Round Up. Seventh Avenue, as well as connections for intersecting streets, will be closed just before the 6:30 p.m. march time. All roads will be reopened immediately following the parade, which ends at 7:30 p.m.

Parade coordinator Elizabeth Kolbeck said that motorcycles will be new in the parade this year, ridden by employees and members of SMW Financial Credit Union.

There will also be several familiar favorites in the parade including the North High School Northern Lights Show Choir, which performs mini vignettes from its shows, and the United Marching Band, which is made up of School District 622 students.

She added that the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royalty will be in attendance, as well as the Vulcan Krewe riding in their 1932 Luverne fire truck. In addition, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Fright Farm will make a spooky return. Parade-goers will also see clowns from local clown clubs and animals big and small.

“Bring your friends, family and a bag to bring home your goodies,” Kolbeck said. 

She added that this year families will also be able to have dinner while they are in town for the parade, as there will be food trucks lining the street. A few of the trucks include Gordmans Corn Dogs, Darn Good Foods and Bacon Me Crazy. Although this feature was planned for last year, rain caused the parade to be canceled on short notice. 

Kolbeck noted the parade’s rainy history and said she hopes this year breaks free of this weather streak. In 2015, the parade marched in the rain, and last year it was canceled altogether only a couple hours before the event. Unfortunately, there is no way to reschedule Fall Round Up if it is canceled.


Grand marshal

Last year, civic leader Paul Anderson was to be honored as the parade’s grand marshal because of his decades of community service. However, because of last year’s rain-out, Anderson will return to be this year’s grand marshal, as parade organizers wanted to be sure Anderson has his moment riding in the parade, Kolbeck said.

Anderson is a graduate of North High School, a long-time member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and host of the public access cable show, “North St. Paul Notes.”

In addition to serving on the North St. Paul City Council, he has been on various advisory boards and commissions, including the city’s Design and Review Commission, of which he was chair from 2000 until last year.

He has been an active member of the North St. Paul Historical Society for over 30 years, is a former president of the organization and is now serving as the museum’s curator.

In 2016, Anderson was presented the Legacy Award by the North St. Paul City Council for his record of notable achievements, community leadership and high ethical standards in addition to his history of involvement in community activities and ongoing support for local projects.

Mayor Mike Kuehn described Anderson as “that quiet leader in our town” when he presented Anderson with the Legacy Award last year.

“We are so delighted to honor Paul for his many years of service to North St. Paul,” Kolbeck added in a recent interview.


Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or


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