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Mandan Parade Canceled

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Thousands of spectators were lined up and down Main Street-- ready for a day full of candy, fun, and festivities-- only for the main event to be called off.

Reporter Ben Smith has the story.

For many, this day was supposed to be full of celebration until...

Mother Nature literally rained on their parade.

"We were pretty much let down today."

"It would have been nice if it didn't rain"

"We were so excited for the parade...(I wanted candy.)"

Each year, the Mandan Independence Day parade attracts thousands, but most thought they were going to get caught in the rain.

"I been coming to the parade here maybe 20-25 years, first time we got rained out."

"It rains almost every year, and it's never been canceled."

"I don't think we've ever had eminent weather like this."

As soon as the word got out, most packed up to leave, but some tried not to act like a wet blanket.

"It's raining a little but it aint going last a long time."

"It don't bother me."

"We like fishing better than the parade anyway's."

While others had to figure out what do do for the rest of the day.

"Yeah might get that nap in that I hadn't planned on."

"Go get some breakfast and go home and see what happens the rest of the day."

"I don't know what we are going to do after that, probably just going to stay inside."

After all when it comes to weather, what else can you do?

"It happens."

"Oh well, life goes on, there is always next year."

"I guess Mother Nature still got the upper hand."

Ben Smith KXNews

This annual event has been held since 1881 and is the largest parade in the region.

Parade co-chair Marlo Anderson says he doesn't think he's ever seen eminent weather before the parade like this before.
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