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John Lamb, Published March 13 2013

Get your Irish on for Saturday's parade

FARGO – The weather won’t be as nice as it was last year, but the sun always shines a little on Fargo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This Saturday will be about 50 degrees cooler than last year, when the 70-degree weather prompted some of the estimated 20,000 along the downtown route to wear shorts.

No matter the air temperature, there will be enough color and energy in the parade to keep parade watchers warm.

The floats will line up in the parking lot behind the Old Broadway and on NP Avenue between Broadway and Roberts Street, then travel north up Broadway to about Fifth Avenue.

The festivities kick off at 3 p.m. with the Lake Agassiz Pacers’ 5K race and 800 meter fun run for children ages 12 and younger.

The parade follows with a steady stream of colorful and celebratory floats.

Lend an ear to the traditional tunes of the Heather and Thistle Pipes and Drums as they lead the march. Watch for the firemen in their dress blues. Take in some fancy stepping from students at various dance studios. And see how many people you never knew were Irish celebrate their sudden embrace of Celtic culture, or at least the legendary fondness for the drink.

Speaking of, since you can’t legally take a pint with you on the street, after the parade stop into your favorite downtown bar to wet your whistle.

And it doesn’t even have to be an Irish bar. The HoDo is serving homemade corned beef, cabbage and potatoes, while the Old Broadway also serves up shepherd’s pie.

If you go

What: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Broadway, downtown Fargo

Info: For more info go to www.fmstpats.com or call (701) 367-3635

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533