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Leif Ericson celebrated in super-short N.H. parade

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- While the rest of the country marks Columbus Day, the focus was on another explorer in Durham, N.H., home to a super-short parade with a long history.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports that (http://bit.ly/1gepx2W) 37th annual Leif Ericson Day parade was held early Sunday morning, with about 40 people in Scandinavian dress marching 25 feet from a laundromat to Young's restaurant for breakfast. The celebration commemorates Ericson and his fellow Vikings, who are believed to have discovered North America shortly after sunrise on Oct. 9, 1003.

The event was created by three University of New Hampshire professors of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ancestry who met to do their laundry. They agreed to bring a Viking horn and Scandinavian music to mark Leif Ericson Day in 1977, then have breakfast next door.

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