Kim Mahli, Published March 24 2012
Great community support for great St. Pat’s paradeA million thanks from the St. Patrick’s Parade Committee of Fargo-Moorhead. An estimated 20,000 people lined the streets of Broadway to enjoy floats, family clans, Irish dancers, pipes and drums and wearing of the green.
The parade is one of the top single-day events in the F-M area. This year, it was the largest gathering of people on Broadway in Fargo’s history. In addition, more than 500 people participated in the 5K run, and that night, the Skilly and Duff Irish Trio put on a spectacular show at the Fargo Theatre to raise funds for the Emergency Food Pantry.
As the oldest-running parade in Fargo-Moorhead, our motto is “Have Fun.” Irish or not, the parade pays tribute to the hopes and hard work of our parents and grandparents – and stands as an example of the good life in America.
We want to especially thank the people and groups that helped make it possible: the Downtown Community Partnership; veterans and emergency services honor guards; Fargo firefighters, police and public works; EVAC, Downtown Lions; Heather and Thistle Pipes and Drums; Jack and Sandy; KVLY; Seigel Communications; the Dirty Hurlers; Lake Agassiz Pacers; Krondek Design; Dempsey’s; Duffy’s; HoDo; Old Broadway; SES VanderHave; Sanford; Shamrock Marketing; State Bank; and the Fargo VFW.
It takes more than our wee committee to produce an event like this. It takes Irish spirit. We are proud of this great tradition and we thank you.
Mahli is with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of Fargo-Moorhead.