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Basilica Block Party
July 10 - July 11
The year was 1995 AD. A gallon of gas was $1.09, the internet was being completely privatized, Coolio walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and some dude flew a balloon across the ocean. But the most notable event, of course, was the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party opening its pearly gates for the first time.
A miracle in the eyes of the sinners, the saints, and those people who sing along at concerts but don’t know the words, the party rocked the foundation of earth and heaven alike. And now, 25 years later, the miracle continues. So join us while we make noise, make memories, and make history. Join us for the 25th anniversary of the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block party.
At the heart of Minneapolis, The Basilica of Saint Mary rises along the skyline and serves as a recognizable part of our downtown landscape. But it’s more than just a place to rock out for two days during the Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party—it’s also a spiritual, cultural and community center for many. The Basilica of Saint Mary—America’s first Basilica—has stood as a The Building of Hope for more than a century. But for decades, we took it for granted and it was nearly destroyed due to neglect. Fortunately, our community realized the value of the building in time to save it. Now, it’s up to us to turn back the hands of time and restore The Basilica to its original glory. Your ticket to The Cities 97.1 Basilica Block Party helps support The Basilica Landmark’s mission to preserve, protect and restore this historic building all year long. We are committed to ensuring The Building of Hope continues to welcome generations to come to rock out at the Block Party. Here’s how you can support The Basilica after the bands and beer disappear: