is an annual weekend festival held in mid-July in Saint Paul, Minnesota
that commemorates the Rondo neighborhood, an African-American
community that was split in two by the construction of Interstate 94
in the mid 1960s. The festival has grown since its inception in 1982 to become the second largest African American sponsored festival in Minnesota..
Events that are held include a parade that is located on the old Rondo neighborhood that features a parade in the daytime where a number of drill teams participate prior to the evening's drill team competition.Also people from the community come and join to watch and have a fun time.
Drill Team Competition
The drill team competition is a highly anticipated event during the Rondo Days festival as several drill teams and drum lines, all of them having some kind of connection with the Rondo neighborhood, and from different locations across the United States
, meet at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium located in downtown Saint Paul's Rivercentre
in the evening. These drill teams and drum lines will perform in a somewhat similar manner to speech competitions
. Each drill team is allowed only one 9:00 minute session which is then critiqued by a panel of judges, however, a team will be allowed to start over in the case of an unexpected interruption, such as a lighting failure. In 2005, a drum-off was added, where teams in sets of 4 would have 4:00 minutes to showcase their... Read More