Wild Rice Festival

The Worlds Largest



Wild Rice Festival Parade





People begin gathering early on Sunday afternoon, picking their seats to watch the parade as those marching and riding in the parade line up and prepare their buckets of candy. The first parades were "Kiddie parades". In 1953 almost 200 children participated. In 1954 it became more than a kiddie parade with floats and bands participating. The children had a "kiddie unit" in the parade. Prizes were given to floats in various categories.

The Deer River Veterans Honor Guard leads the parade. Some of the older veterans ride behind the marchers. The Lions Club who sponsor and organize the Wild Rice Festival every year enter a colorful addition to the parade as well as other local organizations and politicians.

Click Here to get a Parade Registration Form to enter a unit into the parade.

Due to construction on U.S. Hwy 2 this summer and relocation of the Flea Market, the parade route has been changed. View the 2017 parade route in the picture to the right.