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St. Paul library keeps rodeo weekend parade alive

The St. Paul Municipal Library is exploring new ways to offer programs online and otherwise
A sample of the virtual parade organized by the St. Paul Municipal Library is shown. To view the parade, visit the library's website. Photo supplied.

ST. PAUL - The St. Paul Municipal Library did its part to help keep one of St. Paul's biggest events alive over the Labour Day long weekend.

After seeing another library post a "virtual parade," staff at the St. Paul library felt it would be an ideal opportunity to do something similar and post the video online over the weekend in honour of St. Paul's annual rodeo parade. The rodeo parade typically takes place on the Saturday of the long weekend, with hundreds of entries, and countless people lining the streets of St. Paul. The parade was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So, library staff reached out to patrons and community groups to create the virtual parade.

"People seem excited to participate," said Monique Poulin, the library's program coordinator. "We have a few businesses and community groups as well a patrons send us photos. It turned out to be a bit more work than we thought on our end with editing, but we are getting it done," she added, prior to releasing the video to the public.

The parade was to be posted on the library's website over weekend and can be watched at

While the St. Paul Municipal Library is open to the public, some of the in-house programming still cannot be held, such as story time and youth programs.

"We are working on more virtual programing for our community as well as figuring out how to give programing to those who do not have access to computers and Internet," said Poulin. 

Another event taking place this month will be the Pet Read photo content. Patrons are encouraged to submit photos of their pets reading books. Photos of dolls and stuffed animals are also accepted. 

September is also library card sign up month, so every new or renewed card gets entered into a draw.