It's a BEAUTIFUL Friday in Bismarck Mandan as I sit here writing this article.

The Band Night Parade is tonight at 6:30 pm, and the last thing we should have to worry about is rain right?  Yes, I know we need it desperately, but can it please hold off until about 8:30 pm tonight.

The National Weather Service has added a 20% chance of a Thunderstorm to their latest forecast. 

20%?  That means an 80% chance of nothing right?  I just checked the radar at the time of this article at 1:13 pm, and there's a fair amount of shower activity popping up as we speak over western North Dakota.  Wouldn't that be ironic?  Coronavirus cancelled this highly anticipated parade last year, and there's no way it's going to rain on this parade right?  We'll have to wait and see, and hopefully the "Bismarck Bubble" will keep it away until after the last band is done playing.

Getting back to this year parade route. 

There are a few changes from a couple years ago.  This years parade route will start at the North Dakota Capitol, go down 6th street, west on Ave A, and north up 4th street to return near the Capitol.  The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.  There will be no COVID-19 restrictions.  You are more than welcome to wear a mask and social distance the best you can, but not required.

Incase you're not familiar with Band Parade, what can a person expect from the event?  Marching Bands galore from high schools all across North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.  Not mention, our Townsquare Media Stations will be on hand as well.  Look for me in the US 103-3 Truck.  We'll have candy and prizes to pass out.  We'll see you there rain or shine!

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