Thousands Of Rubber Ducks Race Down Minnehaha Creek

In a unique effort to bring joy to the south Minneapolis neighborhoods that border George Floyd Square, 2,000 rubber ducks were dumped into Minnehaha Creek on Saturday afternoon, reports Marielle Mohs (2:03) WCCO 4 News - April 24, 2021

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- Well, in a unique effort to bring joy to the South Minneapolis neighborhoods that border George Floyd Square, 2,000 rubber ducks were dumped into Minnehaha Creek this afternoon. It was the first annual Rubber Duck Race. WCCO's Marielle Mohs shows us how this event was so much more than having fun and chasing those ducks downstream.

- And they're off very, very slowly. The downstream current took these rubber ducks down Minnehaha Creek.

ALEX SILLERUD: I don't want to call it a distraction, but it is something that-- it's good to kind of get out and be around other people. And everybody seems to be in a good spirit.

- It's certainly been uplifting to my spirit to be here.

- Francesco Marraffa put on the duck race with the main goal of helping heal the South Minneapolis community. These people here all live in neighborhoods bordering George Floyd Square.

FRANCESCO MARRAFFA: And there's a lot of emotion and a lot of hurt. And by coming together as a community and the show of so many people turning up for this event shows that there's a lot of love left in the community.

- With healing comes helping. Each rubber duck floating along is sponsored by a neighbor. All the money raised is going back to those who need it most.

- We're allocating it to the local food shelves in the community and not only just businesses, but also, people that have been affected by the happenings at George Floyd Square.

- God, we pray--

- Faith leaders prayed for the healing process in Minneapolis to begin.

MIKE MANNS: We're in a better position to go ahead and to heal as a community, simply, because we're willing to engage with each other.

- While the crowd walked along the riverbanks, they were put to work, picking up trash.

- I did not think I would be so invested in a plastic duck floating down a creek.

[CHEERING]

MARIELLE MOHS: People who live in this neighborhood have volunteered to stick around and make sure that every rubber duck is cleared out of Minnehaha Creek. With the unexpected large turnout for this event, they hope to make it an annual tradition. Reporting in South Minneapolis, Marielle Mohs, WCCO 4 News.