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he Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, are proud to announce the 2014 Minneapolis Monarch Festival to be held at the Nokomis Naturescape on September 6.

The festival offers everything from food, to music, education and art, highlighting the Minnesota - Mexico connection that the Monarch butterfly creates along its migration path.

We'll have another exciting stage line up for 2014.   TBA We know the the hugely popular Kalpulli KetzalCoatilcue Aztec Dance group will return, performing in their spectacular native Aztec costume.

Also returning will be the portable dance stage with dance instructors teaching guests new dance moves.

We'll have Art Activities, of course.

We are working hard to bring you Monarch butterflies. This past year has been disasterous for the migration, and the butterflies are in short supply--all are needed in nature to replenish the stock. Last year, citizen volunteers collected eggs and raised butterflies at home for the Festival. We are hoping fpor this to work again this year. Last year, all were released to begin their amazing 2,300 mile migration from Lake Nokomis to the mountains of Michoacán Mexico where they will spend the winter.

The Kids Butterfly Fun Runs, will return. (Note the registration fee has been raised.)

Food will be available from even more vendors this year. Sweet Berry Kitchen, new to the Festival last year, was a hit with their pitchers of ice-cold lemonade. .

Every year, the Festival takes place alongside the Nokomis Naturescape, comprised of a variety of native grass and wildflower gardens which have been certified nationally as a Monarch Waystation. The gardens contain annual and perennial plants that provide habitat and food sources that are essential to the survival of monarch butterflies.

Note: Because of continued flooding and extensive turf and plant damage in the Naturescape area, the Festival may have to move to higher ground--to the east of the Community Center. Please stay tuned for the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you at this unique and incredibly fun festival.

For more information or to become involved as a vendor or exhibitor, contact:
MaryLynn Pulscher at 612-313-7784
Rita Ulrich, 612-724-5652,
Maria Alcarez, 612-724-5652, (Español, 3-5pm)

Twin Cities Daily Planet: Monarchs reign over Lake Nokomis celebration (9/10/13) with photos.

Click for vid See the Monarch Festival music vid by the Talismen on YouTube

Volunteer TeeVolunteers Needed: The Minneapolis Monarch Festival offers many opportunities for a rewarding volunteer experience! Please help us make this a successful, fun event for everyone by giving as much time as you can. You will receive an official Festival T-shirt as our way of saying thank you. (Note: If you have a volunteer Tee from last year, please wear it again.)    Download formDOWNLOAD: : Volunteer Form with more information.

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