For many of you, this may your first Endometriosis awareness march. If that’s the case, we are ecstatic you’ve found us and glad you’re here! You also may be curious about what to expect and have some questions and we hope we’ve got you covered in this edition of 3rd Annual Minnesota Endo March FAQ’s!
When and where will the event be held this year?
Where can I park?
Street parking is available throughout the area for a nominal hourly amount. Otherwise, there is a ramp one block up the street. The Interstate ramp is located at 201 2nd St SE Garage (201 NE 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414)
What is the timeline for the day?
11:00-11:30 am | Registration Open
11:45-12:00 pm | Prepare to March
12:00-12:45 pm | March from the Minneapolis Event Centers across the Stone Arch Bridge and back
1:00-4:00 pm | Post-March Celebration, Awards & Recognition Reception, & Social Hour
What will the post-march celebration include?
The post-march celebration will be a “Happy Hour” style event with hosted hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine. Additionally, local endometriosis specialist(s) will have the opportunity to speak and those living with endometriosis can share their stories.
Can I make a sign?
Of course, let your creative juices flow! Signs can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. Also, the March in-person support group at the Ridgedale Library on Tuesday March 26th will double as an Endo March Poster Making Party. Please feel free to bring your own supplies for posters and, since this will be an expanded meeting, feel free to bring partners, friends, and caregivers! Link to register and attend can be found here.
Who can I bring and is the event child-friendly?
Feel free to bring anyone! This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome to attend.
Am I able to bring my dog?
Pets are more than welcome to walk with you across the bridge, but are not allowed inside the Minneapolis Event Centers space.
I’m not able to walk long distances, how long is the route?
The march will begin at the Minneapolis Event Center and go across the Stone Arch Bridge and back. In total, the march length is around ½ mile. If, for any reason, you are unable or unwilling to walk the distance, we encourage you to join us at 1 p.m. for the post-march celebration.
I’d like to get a feel for the event, what was it like last year?
Here’s a link to the photos from last year’s march!
I don’t feel comfortable chanting during the march, are there other ways for me to participate?
Absolutely! One of the MN Endo Warriors main goals is to create a positive space and be as inclusive as possible and any messages chanted this year should focus on positivity. That being said, chanting isn’t for everyone regardless of message intent. Please consider marching with the group in silence, state any message you wish to portray on a sign/poster board, or feel free to join us afterwards for the post-march celebration.
What happens after the march across the Stone Arch Bridge?
There will be a post-march celebration “Happy Hour” style event with hosted hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine. Local endometriosis specialist(s) will have the opportunity to speak and those living with endometriosis can share their stories. Additionally, feel free to join endo warriors for the 35W Bridge lighting and/or the Lowry Avenue Bridge lighting yellow for endo at sunset!
I’m travelling from out of town, will there be accommodations in the area?
Yes, blocks of rooms have been reserved at 2 area hotels: W Minneapolis – The Foshay and The Depot. Rooms can be reserved at W Minneapolis – The Foshay thru 03/19/2019 by calling and giving the block name of Minnesota Endo Warriors. Rooms at the Depot can be reserved thru 03/20/2019 by following this link.
MN Endo Warriors merch? How can I get a hold of some?
YES! There will be a LIMITED EDITION Love Your Melon & MN Endo Warriors cuffed beanies and contest winner Vanessa Jarmuzek’s t-shirt design on our long sleeve and short sleeve shirts! Merch can be ordered by following the link here and gear will be available for pickup at the march. Please note, there will be a VERY limited selection of additional shirts available for purchase and the Love Your Melon beanie prices will increase to $35 at the event, so we encourage you to take advantage of beanie pre-sale prices and shirt size selection!
I don’t need MN Endo Warrior branded gear, but I still love to shop and support local causes, any other events going on?
We’re glad you asked! We have set up events across the metro with Evereve – Thursday March 14th at 6-8 pm in St Louis Park, Thursday March 21st at 6-8 pm in Eden Prairie, and Sunday March 24th at 2-4 pm at the Mall of America. Join us for shopping, socializing, food and drink, and 15% of all purchases made will be donated to the MN Endo Warriors!
What if I order a shirt/beanie and have become unable to attend the march?
If you find yourself unable to attend the march and have already pre-ordered gear, items can be shipped to you after March 30th. However, please note, any shipping charges will be assessed to the purchaser.