FARGO — The St. Patrick’s Parade here is an annual sign of spring, so the news in January that this year’s parade was canceled made it feel like spring might never come.

The parade is back on and even looks to be bigger than ever.

Leanna Hudson of Fargo passes out lucky pennies to the crowd at a past St. Patrick's Parade. Forum file photo
Leanna Hudson of Fargo passes out lucky pennies to the crowd at a past St. Patrick's Parade. Forum file photoForum file photo

After sponsors Jefferson Lines and Midwest Radio and other supporters stepped up and planning was taken over by the Downtown Community Partnership, the route was enhanced to include Moorhead. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

This year’s route is similar to the Holiday Lights Parade in November and starts at the intersection of Center Avenue and Seventh Street in Moorhead with floats lining up at 9:30 a.m. Floats follow Center Avenue over the bridge to Fargo as the street turns into NP Avenue, continuing west until Broadway, where the action turns north. Marchers carry on up Broadway to Fourth Avenue North.

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Parade watchers bundled up to watch the St. Patrick's Parade in 2013. Forum file photo
Parade watchers bundled up to watch the St. Patrick's Parade in 2013. Forum file photo Forum file photo

The party isn’t all in the streets — stop by the Jefferson Lines Bus Depot at 502 Main Ave., Fargo, to pick up a coloring page for kids ages 4 to 12. Completed works can be posted to the DCP’s Facebook pages for chances to win prizes.

As the parade will take up a number of streets, organizers suggest parking in the Moorhead Center Mall and shuttling to downtown Fargo on the LinkFM bus, though services will stop at 11 a.m. until the parade is over.

Brian Quigley handed out candy during the St. Patrick's Parade in 2010. Forum file photo
Brian Quigley handed out candy during the St. Patrick's Parade in 2010. Forum file photoForum file photo