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Night We Light parade set for downtown Friday

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BEMIDJI — Black Friday will be a bit brighter this year as the 19th annual Night We Light Parade is set for downtown Bemidji. The parade coincides with the yearly First City of Lights display coming to life as scores of trees around Bemidji are illuminated with holiday lights.

Organizer Ken Cobb said the parade typically involves about 60 floats and hundreds of participants.

“It’s a really fun family event,” he said.

Friday’s parade begins at 6 p.m. and will follow the usual route, from the intersection of Eighth Street and Beltrami Avenue down Beltrami until it reaches Third Street, where the parade will turn west and continue until the end point at Irvine Avenue.

Although there is no official lighting ceremony planned, the lights will come on about the same time the parade ends. Many of the tree lights downtown left off last year will be lit this year now the power lines leading to them have been repaired and upgraded, said Lori Paris of the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce.

“There are way more trees with lights on them this year than there have been for quite a few years,” she said.

Cobb advised those wishing to attend the parade to dress warmly. The forecast for Friday night is mostly cloudy with a high temperature of about 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.

Zach Kayser
Zach Kayser covers local government and city issues for the Pioneer. He previously worked for the Wadena Pioneer Journal, and is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
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