|Chena River at Flood Stage|
I played with the community band. Since its always a mess over there, I parked about a block away from the starting point and had to walk over but it gave me a good look at how high the river was. I've never seen it that bad. The water had overflowed, covering the grass at various points along the route. Unfortunately the Rubber Ducky Race has also been postponed and the other boat race was totally cancelled.
|Me, in costume|
I had someone take the picture of me because I was headed home into a nasty rain storm so I did not want to try to take it in the rain. Even construction was shut down.
Back to the parade. I'll be sharing photos with you over the next couple of days because there is so much to see that I can't do it in just one day! All floats are truck beds or four wheelers (ATVs) that have been decorated in some way.
The parade always starts off with the Army band. Several of our members marched with them instead of playing with us. So on to the pictures and a bit about them.
|The Army Band - Waiting around for the parade.|
|This is the Alaskan Version of The Beverly Hill Billies|
The above car has been in the parade for as long as I can remember. The man who owned this died and now his daughter drives it. She brings it out anytime there is an event to remind people of the early settlers who came up to Alaska. Just for your information, many people came up during the depression to farm in an area north of Anchorage. Problem is that they couldn't do it in the same way as they did in the lower 48 so the government wrote a pamphlet on the topic.
Some of the sports teams in town enter groups and floats. Below is the entry from the Fairbanks Curling Club. The stone is built on a four wheeler aka ATV.
|The Rock from the Curling Club|
|The Rolling Jail|
The rolling jail is a fund raiser run by the Chamber of Commerce where you can arrange to have someone arrested for a small fee or you can purchase a get out of jail card so that you cannot be arrested. They have it covered both ways. The mobile jail is only out during Golden Days so if you come up looking for it at any other time of the year, you won't see it.
|The Rubber Ducky|
Tomorrow, I'll share more with you.