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Canoe Parade


A Red River Water Pageant, September 19th. 2:00pm. The Canoe Parade connects participants and spectators to the river that has shaped the Fargo Moorhead area with a procession of decorated vessels.

The parade route is a down-and-back paddle from Hjemkomst Center at 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead to Riverfront Park at 210 8th St N, Moorhead. Vessels will turn around at the pedestrian bridge and return to the launch site.

Viking Ship Park at Hjemkomst202 1st Ave N, Moorhead

The parade will be passing at approximately 2:00 pm during the launch and 2:40 pm when they return for the award ceremony. This viewing location provides easy access to the award ceremony after the parade. Parking is available at this location.

RiverHaven Event Center  – 700 1st Ave N, Moorhead

Riverfront Park210 8th St N, Moorhead

The parade will be passing the former Usher’s House Restaurant and Riverfront Park at approximately 2:20 pm. You can view the parade anywhere on the river trail between these locations. Parking is available at these locations along with the Extra Parking area down the road on the East side of Ushers. At the new Oak Grove / Riverfront Park Bridge, canoes will turn around to return to Viking Ship Park.


Join us for the award ceremony at Viking Ship Park after the parade at approximately 3:00 pm. You’ll be able to view the canoes up close, take photos, and talk to the creators.

During the ceremony, the best-dressed vessel will be awarded the coveted Golden Paddle Award.