Eighteen-thousand kids brought the energy to St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center Wednesday for We Day. Those who earned their way in through service saw celebs like Magic Johnson, rocked out with today’s hottest musicians and heard inspirational stories from speakers like J.R. Martinez, a soldier injured in Iraq who turned tragedy into strength. “I am where I am because of the support that I received from my community, and that empowered me not to hide behind a curtain, but instead show the world my scars and be proud of them,” Martinez said.
The stars aren’t usually up for 7 a.m. red carpets, but luckily the crowd had no problem bringing up their energy! A group of students were chanting and cheering right from the very beginning. The Band Perry put it perfectly: “Coffee and loud kids, that’s all you need in the morning.”
Kudos to Kacey Musgraves & Taylor Swift; what were you thinkings to Macklemore, Ryan Lewis & Pharrell’s hat.
“It can be challenging, you don’t get to eat the foods you normally eat at home. You can’t cook. You’re on a bus with tons of people and different cities every day living out of a suitcase. It’s a lot of wear on your mind and body.”