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Bikini Parade To Go Forward -- Despite City's Objections

MADISON LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) -- As part of the Paddle Fish Days parade, approximately 450 women in bikinis might be walking down Main Street in the small town of Madison Lake.

Cynthia Frederick runs the electric beach tanning salon in Mankato, and she wants to break the Guinness Book of World Records' record for the largest bikini parade. She needs 451 women dressed in bikinis to do it.

The City, however, has some objections.

"The City Council is not supportive of the event. They feel that it is not an appropriate type activity for a family parade," Kelly Steele, the City Administrator.

WCCO-TV also talked to some people in Madison Lake who think the bikini parade is a bad idea, But they did not want to appear on camera.

But Cynthia Frederick says she is using the bikini parade to raise money for breast cancer prevention.

"The money for registration, $20 in advance, or $25 on the day of the parade, all of that money will also be forwarded directly to Breast Cancer Natural Prevention foundation," said Frederick.

"The city council is supportive of breast cancer awareness, and that is not why they are opposed to this," said Steele.

Frederick is asking any women who participate in the bikini parade to wear tasteful two-piece bathing suits.

How many women show up on July 28 remains to be seen.

"We could have 10 people, we could have a thousand," said Frederick.

ESPN will be in near-by Mankato that week for Viking training camp, and Cynthia has invited them to cover the bikini parade.


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