Getting canceled was the best thing to happen to Grand Old Day

A bumper crowd turned out for the resurrected festival.
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Judging by the crowds in St. Paul on Sunday, getting canceled was just what Grand Old Day needed.

The annual event along Grand Avenue was in danger of not going ahead this year, after the Grand Avenue Business Association announced in April that the event would be taking a break and returning in 2020.

Cue uproar, and a quickly-coordinated response from community members determined to make sure the event – or a similar replacement – would go ahead.

The business association relented upon seeing the "outpouring of support" from Grand Old Day fans and the local businesses reliant on the event.

Turns out, it couldn't have been a greater advertisement for the one-day festival, as Sunday's event is expected to have surpassed the 200,000 that attended last year.

Crowds packed 30 blocks of Grand Avenue for the traditional Grand Old Day parade, along with various other events, life music, activities, and food and drink laid on throughout the day.

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Mayor Melvin Carter was among those praising the community for ensuring the event went ahead this year, saying: "Thanks to the voice of our community, this long standing tradition continued today for all of us in Saint Paul to enjoy."

What's more, after the Grand Avenue Business Association saying it had struggled to keep up with the costs of putting on the event in recent years, the Star Tribune reports that the bumper turnout will likely lead to a $100,000 profit this time around.

With the festival more secure in its financial future than possibly ever before, here's to Grand Old Day 2020.

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