"Americana" is the theme for Bismarck's 13th annual Autumnfest Parade, slated for 10 a.m. Saturday.

"It's a traditional all-American parade and a great place to bring the kids for breakfast, as there will be a lot of candy thrown out," said Scott Johnson, coordinator and self-proclaimed "parade guy."

Nearly 100 floats were registered as of Tuesday afternoon, including the marching bands from Bismarck, Mandan and New Salem schools, and that number is expected to grow.

"No one will be refused at the last second," Johnson said. "I'll probably accept parade registrations up until 8:30 Saturday morning. Whatever it takes."

Attendees can expect to see clowns, antique cars, beauty queens and horses, as well as floats from local churches, businesses and organizations.

"The parade is great for community organizations and it's a chance for, say, the marching bands to get out and about," Johnson said.

Last year, Harmony Stables handed out stick horses to several kids in the crowd, which Johnson said was a "big hit." There's no telling what kinds of goodies will be handed out at this year's parade.

Beginning at the state Capitol grounds, the parade will continue south down Sixth Street, turning right on East Avenue A and traveling west for two blocks to Fourth Street. It will then come back north on Fourth Street to the Capitol's west parking lot.

Johnson said he's glad the parade coincides with the Downtowners Street Fair, because, together, the two events draw a large crowd.

"It's nice that people can come and take in two events at the same time," he said. "I hope everyone can make it to the parade. It's phenomenal."

For more information or to register a parade float, call 701-471-1121 or visit www.ndautumnfest.com.

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