Thousands show up to Fargo's St. Patrick's parade after near cancellation

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) After nearly being cancelled, the 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched on Saturday with thousands of people showing up in support.

New this year, the parade began in Moorhead and ended in downtown Fargo. Another new feature was the parade had its first grand marshal with Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney.

There was talk a few weeks ago that the parade would be cancelled because of a lack of volunteers, donations, and sponsors.

However, a successful push emerged from several community groups to keep the parade afloat.

“We’re excited that this parade was able to be a success,” Katelin Madson, event coordinator for Downtown Community Partnerships, said. “And we're just so grateful for everyone's help and support in making this happen.”

The non-profit DCP, which focuses on bringing events and activities to the downtown area, is the lead organizer for the parade.

Several floats were passing out candy to those hugged along the streets. Matt Saxe was with his 5-year-old son and he’s been attending the parade for a few years.

“Just a lot of fun,” Saxe said. “We come out here every year. And my son who's 5-years-old really loves it.”

More than 10,000 people were expected to attend the St. Patrick’s parade.