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Members of the Lincoln Honor Rowl team from Lincoln Elementary School honor their namesake in the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival parade Friday. Pioneer Photos/Laurie Swenson

'Paddle away': Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival opens with parade, ceremonies

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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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