FARGO — Downtown Community Partnership Executive Director Cindy Graffeo said despite worries after this week's deadly incident in Wisconsin, Fargo-Moorhead's holiday parade has always had security in place.
With the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade coming on Saturday, Dec. 4, she said they are making a few minor adjustments. Graffeo said they may add a few more snowplows, police vehicles or dump trucks to block intersections, but that it's "always been done."
In Waukesha, Wisconsin, a man has been charged with murder after driving his vehicle down a parade route, killing six people and injuring dozens.
Graffeo said organizers sit down before every parade with the Fargo and Moorhead police departments, fire departments and city officials to discuss security and emergency plans, step by step.
"We always have a good plan in place," she said.
For the most part, it'll be business as usual, she said, although the date of the parade has been changed to a Saturday to coincide with the city's Winterfest.
Graffeo said it can be a hurried chore for parents on a weeknight to haul their family downtown.
By having it on Saturday, she said people are invited to spend more time downtown on Saturday with the many Winterfest activities from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Second Avenue North by Broadway Square that will include barrel train rides, outdoor games, roasting smores, a warming tent and ice skating.
The parade starts in Moorhead on Center Avenue and proceeds west over the Red River onto NP Avenue, turning north on Broadway before finishing at Fourth Avenue North.