Canoe Parade Photo

Fargo’s First Floating Parade To Celebrate Our Community And The Beautiful Red River

This year, a never before seen floating parade will take place on September 24, 2017 on the Red River near Dike East Park. The event will be a Canoe Parade designed by Folkways event organizer, Simone Wai, with the intent to create a positive relationship between the Red River and its neighbors. The Canoe Parade will connect participants and spectators to the river that has shaped the Fargo-Moorhead area.

This floating parade not your ordinary candy-slinging Main Street promenade. The Canoe Parade will consist of canoes and their paddlers, both decorated and in costume, proudly navigating down the river and competing for the chance to win the golden paddle for the best dressed vessel. Canoe floats will be creatively decorated with original float designs and themes curated entirely from the imaginations their creators. The parade will aid in cultivating a culture of outdoor recreation along the river and its trails, while fostering a love for the Red River itself. Spectators also play an important role in the event by creating an environment of excitement and revelry. Spectating is free of charge and does not require a canoe, removing the barrier to enjoyment for residents of all ages and canoe-owning status.

The parade will conclude with a celebration and award ceremony where spectators can get an up-close viewing of the canoes, speak to their creators, and hear the announcement of the grand prizewinner who will receive the annual Golden Paddle, a gilded canoe paddle.

The Fargo Park District has teamed up with Folkways to not only be a part of something new and great in the Fargo-Moorhead area, but to also be positive advocates for recreation on the Red River and river safety.

For more information about entering a canoe in the parade and viewing spots, please visit or contact Simone Wai via 701-212-2722 or

It is our hope that the canoe parade will become a staple annual event that reminds Fargoans of the power and beauty of the Red River. We look forward to see you there!