For decades, it has been known as “The MIC Parade”, despite the fact the Minnesota Inventor’s Congress didn’t have anything to do with it.
It was just tradition that Redwood Falls’ annual community parade occurred the same weekend as the MIC’s idea and Invention Show — usually the second weekend in June.
However, the MIC threw a monkey wrench into the works this year. To better accommodate schools, businesses, and many inventors themselves, the show’s date was moved up two months, to April 19 and 20.
That’s fine for the MIC, but what about the other events associated with that weekend?
What about the Rotary Club’s annual fly-in breakfast fundraiser? What about the annual Lions Club before-parade 5k run?
What would they do?
The Redwood Falls Women of Today, who have sponsored the parade for years, had a decision to make.
Their choice: keep the parade at the same time it would have run anyway, MIC or not, on Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
“This Friday, June 14 parade date follows the same pattern as it has for more than 20 years, as the second Friday in June,” stated Holly Johnson, of the Women of Today.
Anne Johnson, of both the Women of Today and the Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism, said, “The Women of Today very much support the MIC, but the idea and invention show and the parade really are totally different events.
“I discussed it with other groups who host events on that weekend, and consistency was a huge concern for us”.
Johnson said the presidents of the Rotary and Lions clubs said weather was a big decider for them.
Jan Madson, president of the Redwood Falls Rotary Club, said the fly-in breakfast takes place in a hanger at the city airport, and April could be too chilly.
But she also said the fly-in breakfast is less and less associated with the MIC every year anyway.
“Originally it was for the inventors who fly in to display their inventions at the show,” said Madson. “Now it’s more of a town celebration.”
Because 2014 is the town’s 150th birthday, Johnson said 2013 could be a good year for other organizations to practice hosting events during the same weekend as the community parade.
Once the date was set, everything else about the parade has proceeded as normal.
Said Johnson, “Many specialty bands and units are anticipated again this year, which depend on donations from the many local businesses, organizations, and individuals that generously support the parade each year.
Page 2 of 2 - “Registration forms will be mailed at the end of April, as in past years, and routes are expected to remain the same at this time.”
For more information, contact Rachel Johnson at 507-430-4183 or Holly Johnson at 605-670-9947 for more information.