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Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick's Day parade needs more floats

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FARGO — After almost getting cancelled, the Fargo-Moorhead St. Patrick's Day parade is running into yet another hurdle as the big day approaches.

The parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 and so far, only 30 floats are registered. With this year's route nearly twice the usual length, organizers are hoping for up to a little more than three times that number to appear in the parade.

When the Downtown Community Partnership took over the project in January, it was challenged by limited resources and manpower, according to event coordinator Katelin Madsen. The parade will still return for its 23rd year, but organizers would like to see more participants.

"It really helps to support local businesses as well as providing a great experience for you and your family," said Madsen. "We're open to having up to 100 floats, it adds to the experience and makes it more exciting for the people watching."

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Community leaders from both sides of the Red River are collaborating on the project. For the first time, it will be starting at the Moorhead Center Mall and ending at Broadway and Fourth Avenue in Fargo. It will also have an early start time of 11:00 a.m.

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