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Lightning Storm Cancels Mandan Fourth of July Parade

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The floats were ready, kids were waiting for their candy, and despite months of planning mother nature had other plans for Mandan's Fourth of July Parade.

Heavy rain and forks of lightning canceled the annual Mandan Fourth of July parade on Friday morning.

Morton county's emergency manager says the decision was not easy to make, but there were major concerns for safety, with the severity of lightning near the parade route. The cancellation was disappointing and frustrating to some, who thought it should have been postponed.

"Unfortunately mother nature didn't agree with all the people down here today, so hopeful things will clear up. I wish they would have postponed it instead of canceling and I think everybody agrees with me on that," says Amanda Butcher.

While many children were disappointed by the cancellation, the rain didn't damper seven-year-old Lily Wiedrich's spirits. "Well we are still we might go to the rodeo, and we might still stay here for a little bit," says Wiedrich.

 

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