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Wheel good time is theme of day. Creativity is what drives the Greenway Parade of Arts.

Its destination: Fun Sherri Cruz; Staff Writer 5 July 2001 Star-Tribune Newspaper of the Twin Cities Mpls.-St. Paul METRO 01B The world rolled by. The world's id, that is. No room for superegos at Wednesday's Greenway Parade of Arts in Minneapolis, where the theme was wheels and art. Getting ready for their debut in the seventh Wheels as Art parade, Emma Ramstad, Josie Winship and Molly Van Avery were putting the finishing touches on their bicycles while Bryan Nelson was sliding into his in-line skates. Nelson, the only one in the bunch who wasn't an artist - he's a technology consultant - was decked out in duct tape and CDs. Why? "This is Minnesota: duct tape," he deadpanned. Van Avery was screwing bottles into the caps glued upside down on her bike. Ramstad, looking from head to toe like a plant, wore a hat covered in vegetation with orange flamingos sticking out of it. And Winship, well, she looked like shredded newspaper. The three women urged Nelson to hurry, and off they went to join the lineup. The Wheels as Art parade, which began at Lake St. and Lyndale Av., featured 40 cars from across the country - and bicycles of all sorts. "We're going right from here into the 'hood," announced the brash Miss Richfield - that's Miss Richfield 1981 - sitting in a lawn chair atop a van. The drag queen, dressed in 6-inch white platforms and a red, white and blue mini, kicked off the parade with a smile that could have cast a shadow on Julia Roberts' toothy grin. Then out rolled Ramstad, Winship, Van Avery and Nelson, hooting and hollering as the crowd cheered back. Next came the cars. Some were brilliantly decorated, some were temporarily adorned and others looked like they used a designer who inspired hotels in Las Vegas. "Roadkill" had white outlines of dead animals drawn on it as well as attached dead creatures - not real ones - with their feet sticking up in the air. Crows, too. A car covered in bones - real ones - rolled by, followed by the "Miss Vicki" tulip-themed car. The 1965 Dodge Dart was designed for none other than Tiny "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" Tim, said owner Dean Pauley. The retired iron worker made the car for Tiny's appearance as grand marshal at the

1995 Soulard Mardi Gras Parade in St. Louis. Pauley travels the country for these art car parades. (Yes, there are others.) "Some of the parades get pretty cut-throat," he said. "Anytime you get money involved, it always hurts somebody, and you never make anyone happy." But in this parade, everyone wins, he said. No cash prizes are awarded. B.J. Zander, a "daily driver," which in art car jargon means she drives her car daily, entered her "Mercedes Bones." It's actually a Volvo. "But I always wanted a Mercedes," she said. The car has assorted bones - no human ones (she always gets asked that question) - glued on with silicon caulk. On the roof is what the Twin Cities looks like in bone, with the boney Mississippi River flowing between calcium enriched St. Paul and Minneapolis. Jessie Loving Carr (that's her real name) drove her pink "Miss Priss" convertible Cabriolet in the parade with a bunch of her friends. The Macalester student decided to mock other parades and their pretty princesses waving to the crowds. When the parade ended at 5th Avenue, everyone headed toward the Midtown Greenway, a walking and bike path along the 29th Street rail corridor in south Minneapolis that ultimately will connect the Chain of Lakes with the Mississippi River.. As they wandered, they could listen to music and pick up information from social-advocacy groups. The purpose of the Greenway event, put on by Intermedia Arts and the Midtown Community Works, was to draw attention to the Midtown Greenway, said Brooke Darst Rice, Intermedia's marketing and public relations manager. Besides being unusual, the Greenway Parade of Arts was different because - are you ready? - nothing was being sold. No blow-up green aliens, no silver jewelry, no foot-long hot dogs. Nada. OK, there was one lemonade/ice cream stand, which had long lines. And there were two entrepreneurial neighborhood girls selling Kool- Aid. Daysha Flemino, 11, and Dansey Conde Omana, 7, saw on the news Tuesday night that there were going to be lots of people. "We were thinking we could make some money," Flemino said. A half- hour into the event, the duo had already sold six cups at 25 cents a pop. "Red or green?" Flemino asked a customer. Down the way, Sarah Billings, Steph McCarthy and Lauren Hancock were sitting on the pavement drawing multicolored fish with chalk on a ground mural, which already had an aquarium theme. "This is the best part," Billings said. Meanwhile, the enchanting Miss Richfield 1981 was posing for photos, regular folks were decorating

their bikes with ribbons and trinkets supplied by the organizers, and Emma scooted by on her bike, still happily wearing her plant outfit. It was a day to be playful and creative - a day to be a kid again (or at least your alter ego).

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