F-M St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off Saturday morning

Parade route map
Parade route map

FARGO — After funding issues threw its future into uncertainty in January, the 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is set for Saturday morning, March 16.

The parade will start at the Moorhead Center Mall at 11 a.m. It's the first time Moorhead will be included in the route, expanding it to almost nine blocks — nearly double the normal length.

The parade will move down NP Avenue, turn right on Broadway and end at Fourth Avenue in downtown Fargo. Road closures will begin around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, and Broadway will be closed to parking starting at 6 a.m.

The Downtown Community Partnership organized this year's parade and say they're excited to see everyone out and about. It took six weeks of planning and over 50 people to make the parade a reality.

"It might be a little chilly, but in Fargo and Moorhead we're not scared of a little cold, so we're hoping to see thousands of people out here ready to get some candy and enjoy the festivities," said organizer Katelin Madsen.