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Combined festivities to make for large Potato Bowl-Homecoming parade

With combined Potato Bowl and Homecoming celebrations, the streets of Grand Forks are sure to be filled with people wearing green and white Saturday morning for one big parade.

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With combined Potato Bowl and Homecoming celebrations, the streets of Grand Forks are sure to be filled with people wearing green and white Saturday morning for one big parade.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. in downtown Grand Forks near the YMCA. It will then proceed down DeMers Avenue, over the Sorlie Bridge and into East Grand Forks, finishing in the Riverwalk parking lot off of Fourth Street Northwest.

The combined Potato Bowl and Homecoming parades will feature more than 140 entries, making it one of the largest parades for either event, Ryan Scott, parade chairman, said. The parade will also include more than 20 UND student organization floats.

Scott said he believes it's the first time there has ever been a combined Potato Bowl and Homecoming parade. Although the large parade has made for some extra work this year, Scott said they are excited for everything.

"It's kind of an honor to be a part of it this year, something that's probably never been done before," he said.

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Scott said with weather looking good so far, they are expecting a large crowd.

This year's parade grand marshal will be former UND hockey coach Dean Blais. Blais is one of the most successful coaches in UND Hockey history compiling a 265-115-34 record in his 10 seasons from the mid-1990s to the early-2000s. Blais' teams won the WCHA title five times and as well as two national championships.

A UND helicopter will also be flying over the parade route at the beginning, Scott said.

Scott also wanted to remind parade-goers that candy is not allowed to be thrown from floats, as it is against city code. However, people will be walking along the sides of the streets handing out candy to children, Scott said. He emphasized it is important for people to stay away from the middle of the street to help with the flow of the parade and also for safety purposes.

"Keep the kids back," Scott said. "If we don't have to stop floats for people being out in the streets then the sooner it gets done and everybody can get on with their day to tailgating, the football game and whatever anyone has planned for their day."

The downtown portion of DeMers Avenue will be closed during the parade, so city officials suggest planning travel accordingly.

Cities Area Transit bus routes 1 through 7 will be detoured during the parade.

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