The huge inflatables at the Villagefest celebration got kids and families moving around Aug. 6. There was a space devoted to games for children, sponsored by the St. Anthony Village High School band boosters.
The parade that takes place each year during St. Anthony’s VillageFest, seen above in a recent year, has been canceled due to a lack of public safety resources in St. Anthony following the shooting death of Philando Castile. Mageen Caines, parade chairwoman, expressed regret, saying the parade “has always been about unity,” and that “it’s for the children.”
Officials say city’s resources stretched to their limits
St. Anthony Village and the VillageFest Committee decided last week to cancel the festival’s annual parade, which was scheduled to take place Friday, Aug. 5.
A sign on Larpenteur Avenue near where Philando Castile was killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights. Residents, including the owners of the property in the photo, attended a July 13 city council meeting demanding the city take action.
As memorials on Larpenteur Avenue for Philando Castile, the 32-year-old black man killed by a St. Anthony police officer in Falcon Heights July 6, continue to grow, the city and its residents are trying to figure out what’s next.
Marchers protesting the killing of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer took to the streets of St. Anthony Village July 10, stopping traffic on Silver Lake Road as they marched south near Silver Lake Village.
People protesting the killing of Philando Castile by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez in Falcon Heights staged a rally at St. Anthony City Hall July 10.
Residents of St. Anthony’s Lowry Grove mobile home park have been left with uncertainty after their right of first refusal was flipped on its back when their purchase agreement was deemed insufficient by the park’s buyer and seller June 13. The Lowry Grove land was sold and is now owned by Continental Property Group, but residents, who will have to pack up and leave in the spring, have sued to retain their right of refusal.