Native American Day Parade set to kick off Saturday morning

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In Celebration of Native American Day on Monday, there will be a parade Saturday on Main Street in Rapid City.

The float lineup will begin to make their way through downtown at 10 a.m. Free lunch will be provided at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Park Band Shell.

Parade organizer Whitney Rencountre said it’s a great time for the entire community to come together and celebrate South Dakota’s history.

"I'm so happy that so many organizations across the city are participating in the parade,” Rencountre said. “It's not just a parade for Native American floats, it's a parade for all organizations and people in the community to be a part of. To help us recognize that Governor Mickelson … changed the name “Columbus Day” … to Native American Day. So, it's just to help us recognize the rich, cultural history that we have here in South Dakota."

In addition to the parade, more than 1,000 performers from across the United States and Canada will take part in the Black Hills Powwow, which runs through Sunday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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