DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – About 50 people turned out for the 32nd annual Leif Ericson parade in Durham, N.H.

The participants – some in Viking outfits or other Scandanavian garb – listened to a recording of a leather horn and chanted as they made the traditional march from a downtown laundromat to a restaurant next door.

University of New Hampshire professor Noble Peterson and two friends of Scandanavian descent began the tradition. They were washing clothes at the laundomat one morning in 1977 when they got the idea.

Ericson is thought to have been the first European to land in North America more than 1,000 years ago.


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