All-Stars parade down Nicollet Mall

MINNEAPOLIS - Nicollet Mall received a major league makeover Tuesday afternoon, as baseball's best paraded from downtown to Target Field before the All-Star Game.

The parade started at the corner of Nicollet Mall and 13th street at 1 p.m., then turned down 7th street toward Target Field, on a 5,700 foot long red carpet.

Twins legend and Hall of Famer Rod Carew served as the parade's grand marshal. Twins legends, including Bert Blyleven, Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva followed. Among other highlights, Derek Jeter charmed the crowd and Twins closer Glen Perkins drew loud hometown applause, giving the crowd his own standing ovation.

Jacob Mickelson, 11, of White Bear Lake, was among the thousands of fans in the crowd, but he had an advantage along the route. He climbed on top of a garbage can for a better view, announcing each player as they passed.

"David Price!Jose Bautista!" Mickelson shouted. "I love baseball. I know every single player. It's just my life.I can't get to the All Star Game but this is good enough."

Fans crowded into skyways for a better view. Luke Burnswas on lunch break from his Wells Fargo job and traded his button down dressshirt for Orioles gear.

"Excited see downtown popping, and excited for the atmosphere," said Burns.

In honor of Little League Baseball's 75th anniversary, the Golden Valley Little League also marched in the parade.

The parade honored legends in the classroom, with the 30 winners of the Target presents People Magazine"All-Star Teachers" campaign, celebrating current and retired teachers.

Chevrolet provided Silverado vehicles for the players and their families during the parade. The event was nationally televised on the MLB network.


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