Thursday, November 22, 2007

Fish House Parade Heats Up Freezing Fishermen

AITKIN, Minn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Things are getting fishy in one small town in Minnesota.

The 17th Annual World-Famous Fish House Parade is swimming down the streets of Aitkin, Minnesota, this Saturday (Nov. 24), displaying creatively decorated fish houses, which are little buildings used to keep fisherman from freezing while ice fishing.

And according to parade director Sue Marxen, the 40 entries have to be crazy to stand out amongst the usual fish parade that happens every day.

She says, “Ice fishing is very big in Minnesota, so everyday looks like a fish parade during the winter, with people hauling their fish houses out to the lake, so people get really silly with the parade fish houses they make.”

Around 4,000 folks will be combating the cold to watch an array of fun fish houses, which in the past have looked like an outhouse, a wedding chapel, and a giant fish that appeared to float down the street.

Says Marxen: “Ice fishing is the winter sport for six months out of the year, so fish houses are really a part of our town’s history.”

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