Since I play in the parade, I am unable to get pictures of groups during the event so I always arrive early to snap pictures of various groups and share a few with you. I hope you like them. The parade has entries ranging from the military, the colleges, the political parties, civil groups, churches and anyone who wants to enter.
The entry to the above is presented by the Pioneers of Alaska who want to preserve one of the last remaining steam boats that served Fairbanks. They are raising money to repair it and continue making it into a museum to show the early days. They always make an appearance in the parade.
The above is the Alaskan equivalent of "The Beverly Hillbillies" truck. This makes an appearance every year in the parade. I don't know how old it is but I do know the father used to drive it until he passed away and now his daughter and grandson make sure to carry on the family tradition.
The Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce has their portable jail house they bring out as one of the fund raisers at this time of year. You purchase one or more tickets which pays for them to go "arrest" someone. It is always seen around town with the pretty 'Saloon Girls' hanging off it to advertise the event.
This big yellow rubber ducky is the other fund raiser participating in the parade. Tickets are sold all around town in $5 or $10 values. Every year, they release a ton of small numbered rubber duckies into the Chena River. The first ones across the finish line are the winners. People can win money, airline tickets and other great prizes. I've participated but never won. Its all in good fun.
Even the Furthest North Rodeo got into the act with their float which included several mini horses.
This year being an election year, means just about every candidate had some sort of float in the parade. I am not endorsing Grunwald, I just think the float was cute.