'Paddle away': Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival opens with parade, ceremonies
The rain held out just long enough Friday night for the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival's parade and opening ceremonies.
Sixty-six teams, a record for the four-year-old festival, marched to the waterfront park from the team villages in Library Park. Crowds lined the sidewalk and dotted the grass on the lakefront below as they cheered on the teams and viewed the variety of themes.
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