Updated: 07/19/2014 3:39 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 5:18 PM KSTP.com
By: Jay Kolls
People are celebrating as the 75th Minneapolis Aquatennial kicked off Friday.
For two women, the celebration is extra special. Marilyn Jolliffe and Pat Egan have been a part of Aquatennial for the last 74 years.
The ladies were both in the competition for the Queen of Lakes crown. They say the celebration is a testament to history.
"I think it's part of history, because I got the parade pictures and the background,” Eagan said. “You can see some of the stores and the streets that were there that we all knew that aren't anymore."
Egan was a candidate for the Queen of Lakes in 1944. She says even though she didn’t win the crown, she had a great time participating.
Jolliffe won the crown back in 1946, something she says was much different than it is now.
"There are a lot more princesses and girls out asking and inviting people, and it was almost like a chamber of commerce type of thing,” Jolliffe said. “But the downtown council is proudly presenting it this year."
The festival runs until next Saturday night. Look here for a complete list of events.