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GRAND OLD DAY: Clouds can't shut down summer celebration

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Hundreds of thousands gathered in St. Paul on Sunday for what the city considers the first official sign of summer in Minnesota, and Grand Old Day lived up to its name despite a lack of sunshine.

Even though there was a threat of rain, an estimated 200,000 took part in the annual tradition that features freshly fried cheese curds and a host of family-friendly games.

"It's my third year in a row!" Reily Yerigan told Fox 9 News. "I'm going to check out some live music. It's going to be so much fun. Everybody in Minneapolis and St. Paul needs to get their tushies down here."

From Dale to Wheeler, a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of festival unfolded -- but William Fenelon explained that it's much more than a holiday for live entertainment, rock climbing, and people-watching.

"It's a bonding experience between all people," he said. "It's just the greatest thing ever. You get to relax, lay in the sun -- this is why I come back for this every year."

Organizers say Grand Old Day is a party with a purpose -- stimulating business along Grand Avenue.

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