July 4th Parade draws a crowd
The shoulders of Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak were lined with children armed with sacks, bags, buckets and backpacks ready to catch candy from each of the parade entrants.
The 46th annual Fourth of July Parade this year was sponsored by the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Dept., the Chugiak Area Business Association and the Chugiak Lions Club.
From sirens blared from firetrucks as thousands of bits of candy were tossed into the air, much to the delight of children in the crowd. This year had about half of the entrants at previous years, with only 31. But each entrant was enthusiastic and the crowd made a lot of noise as each walks, rolled or trotted north.
The parade theme this year was “Community Service Counts,” and that was evident in the floats from the Chugiak Senior Center, the ROTC members march and many of the other entrants.
The Parade Grand Marshall this year was Jenny Kirk. The entrants recognized included: John Nauman‘s Clydesdale horses, as best animals. Best vehicle went to a 1941 Cadillac. Military and ROTC entrance got nods and the best commercial entrant was Pi Riordan-Randall in a stretch Lincoln town car.
The parade started at Latimer Hall and proceeded along Old Glenn Highway to Chugiak Elementary. Each entrant provided their own candy, said Dixie Waddell, one of the parade coordinators.
There were many volunteers and folks behind the scenes, at this and every parade. Waddell said. There were even folks helping out with candy distribution, so that the floats didn’t all run out in the first few yards of the parade.