St. Paul might be kind of a mess today (but for a good cause)

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WE Day is a way to inspire students to create change in their communities and make the world a better place.

But logistically, it's still 18,000 students being bused in and out of downtown St. Paul.

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Those thousands of kids will pack into the Xcel Energy Center Tuesday for what is essentially an education- and community service-focused pep rally.

And as the Star Tribune points out on Twitter, that means a lot of traffic, all day.

WCCO says more than 550 schools, with kids grade K-12, are participating this year.

Chelsea Clinton, as well as entertainers Ciara and Darren Criss, highlight We Day Minnesota's celebrity involvement – but veteran actors Henry Winkler and Marlee Matlin will also appear, along with a boys choir from Kenya, a poet, the first woman of color in space Dr. Mae Jemison, and others who have created or are working with public service organizations around the U.S. and Canada. Here’s the complete lineup.

This is the third year for We Day in Minnesota. Last year’s celebrities included Magic Johnson, Colby Callait and Martin Sheen.

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Students can’t buy a ticket for We Day – they earn it through service. Schools and groups take on one local and one global action through the We Act program to earn their way to We Day, according to the program’s website. We Day and the We Act program are organized by Canada-based nonprofit Free the Children.

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