Whether you’re a seasoned pro or this is your first year marching for endometriosis awareness, we’re so happy you’ve found us! This will be the first year the Minnesota Endo March takes place at the Minnesota State Capitol, so you may be wondering what to expect and how to prepare… We’ve got you covered in this edition of the 4th Annual Minnesota Endo March FAQ’s! Click through the tips below, but as always if you have any additional questions please reach out to us via our contact page.
When and where will the event be held this year?
The 4th Annual Minnesota Endo March will be held on Saturday March 28th, 2020 at the Minnesota State Capitol: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155. We’ll be right between the upper and lower malls on the boulevard!
Where can I park?
Public metered parking (pay by credit card or quarters) is available at:
· Lot Q (north of the Capitol at Cedar Street and Sherburne Avenue)
· Lot AA (across from the State Office Building at Aurora Avenue and Rice Street)
· The orange level of the Centennial Building Ramp (Cedar Street and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.)
Ramp Parking is available in the Centennial Parking Ramp (659 Robert St. N, St. Paul, MN 55155)
Outdoor disability parking is available in:
· Lot B (north of University Avenue)
· Lot C (north of University Avenue, east of Lot B)
· Lot D (intersection of University Avenue and Rice Street)
· Lot U (intersection of N. Robert Street and 14th Street)
Indoor disability parking is available on the:
· Orange level of the Centennial Office Building Ramp (2 spaces)
· In the Anderson Ramp (16 spaces)
What is the timeline for the day?
11:00-12:00 pm | Minnesota Endo Brunch with Specialist Q&A (ticketed)
12:30-1:30 am | Registration | T-Shirt Pick-Up | Endo Fair – booths will be open
1:30-2:00 pm | Prepare to March
2:00-2:30 pm | March from lower rotunda up Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to the Capitol Steps
2:30 pm | Proclamation Reading | Fundraising Winners Announced | Group Photo
What’s the Minnesota Endo Brunch?
Glad you asked! To accommodate the growing number of attendees and to continue to provide an expert Q&A panel, this year’s event has been split into two parts: 1) a ticketed brunch, and 2) an outdoor Endo Fair and March.
The brunch will accommodate a limited number of paid guests for a plated meal at the Minnesota History Center during the endometriosis expert Q&A session. Two tiers of tickets for the D’Amico catered brunch will be available with VIP tickets including a swag bag and preferred seating. After the brunch concludes, all attendees have the opportunity to walk or drive down to the lower mall at the capitol to participate in the March. Purchase your brunch tickets here.Purchase Tickets
What will the Endo Fair include?
This year’s pre-march celebration will feature a photo booth and the chance to buy limited edition MN Endo Warriors Love Your Melon hats, tumblers/thermoses and canvas bags. Additionally, local endometriosis and fertility specialists and their clinics will be available to meet warriors, answer questions, and provide resources.
Can I make a sign?
Yes, please!! Signs can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. We will be hosting a poster-making party on Tuesday March 24th from 6-8 pm at the Penn Lake Library in lieu of an in-person support group. Please bring partners, family, friends, caregivers, and supplies for poster-making! Don’t forget to register to attend the poster-making party here.
What should I wear?
March in Minnesota can range from freezing blizzards to tropical 80’s – be sure to check the local weather in the week leading up to the march to dress appropriately. We recommend layers, comfortable weather-appropriate shoes or boots, hand warmers, and, of course, this year’s Limited Edition 2020 Endo Warriors Endo March shirts (available in short and long sleeves) and sweatshirts. This apparel will be pre-order ONLY so don’t forget to order here by March 5th!
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 (Register HERE for free!)
Am I able to bring my dog?
Please bring any furry friend that’s leash-trained! Since this year’s event is outdoors, we welcome pets to the Endo Fair and our march to the Capitol (yay!). We’d love to see photos of your furry friends on social media too! Please use #MNEndoPet
How long is the route?
The march will begin in the center of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between the upper and lower malls in front of the Capitol, and head east to Cedar Street. We will then turn left to head north on Cedar Street before finally turning left again (west) and ending on the Capitol steps. In total, the March length is around 1/4 mile.
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. Any messages chanted this year will again have a positive and empowering focus. That being said, chanting isn’t for everyone regardless of message or intent. Please consider marching with the group in silence or state any message you wish to portray on a sign/poster board. Join us for the March in-person support group and poster making party to meet more warriors and prepare your poster!
What happens after the march?
This year’s event ends on the Capitol steps after the march. Please feel free to join endo warriors in solidarity that evening 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! A block of rooms has been reserved at the Capitol Ridge Hotel & Event Center. Make sure to mention the block name Minnesota Endo Warriors when you call to get our block rate of $119/night, (or book online HERE) which includes cooked breakfast and Wi-Fi. Parking at the hotel is $10/day with unlimited in and out privileges. This block will be saved until February 27th.Book Your Room
MN Endo Warriors merch? How can I get ahold of some?
YES! Limited edition 2020 Endo March short and long-sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available ONLY by pre-order – repeat – there will be NO option to purchase shirts on the day of the March. Make sure to buy your apparel here by March 5th! It will be available for pickup at the Endo Fair.Purchase Apparel
Limited edition Love Your Melon & MN Endo Warriors cuffed beanies as well as MN Endo Warriors canvas bags, tumblers, and thermoses, will be available to purchase at the Endo Fair from 12:30-2:00 pm preceding the march. These can be purchased by credit card only.
What if I’m unable to attend the March in-person?
If you are unable to attend Minnesota’s chapter of the 2020 Worldwide Endo March in person, register to march with us virtually here!
If you ordered apparel and are unable to attend the march, please be aware that pricing does not include shipping. Any shirts unclaimed at the March will be subject to additional shipping & handling fees, as well as shipping delays.
Countdown to the 2020 Minnesota Endo March