RNC rolls out red carpet welcome in the form of banners and buttons

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM

Workers this morning began installing the first of 600 banners sporting messages welcoming those attending the Republican National Convention to Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The first of the banners went up at 9 a.m. today on Hennepin Avenue between 6th and 7th streets and in St. Paul on streets near the Xcel Energy Center where the conventions runs Sept. 1-4.

Banners will be hung along Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis today. Banners along with floor decals will be placed throughout the baggage claim area at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport starting Monday.

The banners are part of the host committee's Red Carpet Welcome campaign.

As part of the initiative to welcome the 45,000 visitors are expected to visit the Twin Cities during the convention, thousands of volunteers, staff and those working in the hospitality industry will wear red welcoming buttons during the convention, said Teresa McFarland, communications director for the 2008 Host Committee.

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