Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Golden Days Parade part 2
Further back is Everett's airplane float. Its a small airplane put on wheels to remind people they haul freight to bush communities and have for many long years.
Alaska is served by a bunch of small airlines. A few carry cargo only but others carry both passenger and freight. Very few carry only passengers.
Usually, you see this jail being hauled around town at this time of year since Golden Days is a week long celebration so the chamber of commerce takes advantage of it.
During the parade, there are saloon girls and lawmen riding in it, on it, or walking around it. I do not believe it comes out again till next July.
I try to donate blood when I can. The last time I tried, I was in phoenix and I could not because the temperature got to hot for the mobile unit to handle it. They had to close down.
I believe this dragon ride is one of the rides offered at the place. This is a good reminder of a home grown place because the fair starts in another week or so and there will be tons of rides there to compete.
Sometimes individuals enter just because they want to and of course local politicians enter, especially if it is an election year. I saw one politician but he's getting a huge head start for next year.
This year, they changed the regulations just a bit for minors. Anyone under the age of 18 had to have a form signed by only one parent instead of two.
The band had about 40 musicians spread around the flatbed with the drums in the center, facing the director.
As we approached the beginning hour of 10 am, we began to tune up and practice one last tune. When we finished, two other groups began to warm up.
It was interesting listening to the two numbers competing with each other. The guy who sits next to me leaned over and said "I will survive the rising of the moon."
In this picture you can see what I saw as I stood in front of my seat to take a picture. Our float was #24 in the line up so we'd get done sooner.
To the front, one sees the trumpets, saxophones, the director, drums, then off to the flutes, clarinets, and other light woodwinds. I play with the french horns.
It was a strange feeling watching everything move the wrong direction. The weather was great, with little wind so no one froze. It wasn't too hot either. It was just right.
I realize that was a take off on Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
I hope you enjoyed the few pictures. Tomorrow I am on to something else. I'm hitting the road again, heading to Woodland Hills for a few days so I hope to take pictures down there and share some of the cool events with everyone.
Let me know what you think. Have a great day.