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North Minneapolis on display during Super Bowl weekend bus tour

Charles Caldwell Mural at 4th Street Saloon welcomes the world to North Minneapolis.
Photo courtesy of: Photographer Mark Allan Peterson

Super Bowl fans will get the opportunity to check out North Minneapolis during a bus tour running Feb. 2 – Feb. 4.

North Minneapolis has its proud history as always being the first stop for immigrants since 1890. Now more than 75 percent of “Northside” residents are people of color, sharing diverse cultures and customs together. The Grammy-award winning musician Prince performed his first show in 1979 at the Capri Theater on West Broadway Avenue. It is also home to the KMOJ Radio, which was created in 1976 to provide broadcast communications training for people of color living in the Twin Cities. The station call letters were inspired by the Swahili word umoja, which means “unity.”

The tour’s two featured streets are West Broadway Avenue and Plymouth Avenue. The bus tour will take riders to various stops, experiencing Twin Cities’ signature wintry events, along with a backdrop of its history and cultures. The tour will operate daily from Feb. 2 (Friday) to Feb. 4 (Sunday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and depart every 30 minutes. There are two buses running that will be picking up and dropping off participants at designated stops. Riders can get on a bus at any of the spots, then catch the bus as it comes around to continue the tour.

Tour stops include the mural at the 4th Street Saloon, the Penn and Plymouth Avenues corridor – which will highlight the childhood home of Prince and the home of Viking great Carl Eller – Theodore Wirth Park, where riders can ski or snow-tube, Farview Park, the West Broadway/Penn Avenues corridor (home to the Capri Theater, which was home to Prince’s first performance), North Commons Ice Rink and “Mural Avenue” along West Broadway.

Bus tour tickets are $30 per person, $50 per couple and $90 for a family of four. Tickets can be reserved at www.northmpls.com or by calling (612) 376-7715.

January 30, 2018
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