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Published September 13 2012

Forum editorial: ND’s best parade Saturday

North Dakota is never short of parades. Every city and every small town of consequence will put on a grand parade for any conceivable reason – school reunions, centennials, county fairs, holidays, whatever. They are great events. North Dakotans love ’em.

West Fargo’s West Fest parade, especially in a major political year like this year, is by far the best in the state. Saturday’s event promises to live up to that billing because every politician who has a smart campaign staff will be in the lineup.

The annual parade is a highlight of West Fest, which started Thursday with the summer’s final Cruise Night, and goes through the weekend. Even in non- or minor political years, the festival’s parade is the highlight. But there is much more. In addition to the parade, the city welcomes visitors – and treats its own residents – to a full agenda of activities and attractions that appeal to all interests. It’s a wonderful way to wind down summer and welcome fall.

But again, the political aspect of the Saturday parade is both a lot of fun and a truly American exercise in retail politics. Sure, there will be floats, horses, farm equipment, fire engines and marching bands. Candy will fly from parade entries to children and families lining Sheyenne Street. The smiling politicians and their supporters – and detractors – make the big parade all the more fun.

Wheels roll at 1 p.m. from Second Avenue. The parade proceeds up Sheyenne Street to 10th Avenue. As of Thursday, the parade was at its maximum number of entries, 150. That’s up from last year, primarily because of political entries.

Keep Saturday afternoon open for the big parade. Get to West Fargo early and stake out a spot. The weather forecast is perfect: warm, dry and sunny. Enjoy a classic late-summer extravaganza in a city that knows how to put on a parade.

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