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Minnesota bikini parade a bust

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  • Bikini-clad participants stroll along the Paddlefish Days parade route Saturday in Madison Lake, Minn. Organizers had hoped to entice 450 people to do...

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    Bikini-clad participants stroll along the Paddlefish Days parade route Saturday in Madison Lake, Minn. Organizers had hoped to entice 450 people to don bikinis as a fundraising effort for breast cancer research and to break a world record for the most bikini-clad marchers.

MADISON LAKE, Minn. — Only an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny number of bikini-wearers turned out to strut their stuff in a southern Minnesota town.
Organizers had hoped for hundreds of women to march Saturday in what was billed as the World's Largest Bikini Parade.
But the number of bikini-wearing women — and a couple of men in bikini tops — at the Paddlefish Days Parade in Madison Lake fell far short of the world record.
The (Mankato, Minn.) Free Press (http://bit.ly/Mrt1N4 ) reported Saturday the number appeared to be 39. Women were told they could wear shorts over their bikini bottoms once it was clear the record of 451 was unattainable.
A majority of City Council members opposed the bikini parade. Some said it was inconsistent with the festival's family-oriented nature.
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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com
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