There was a very large, very appreciative crowd out on a fine Saturday for the 4th of July Parade in the Republic of Ester, just a few miles west of Fairbanks. Cars were parked on both sides of the Parks Highway for a half mile around the turn off for Ester.
It’s not really possible to capture a small town’s parade in photos, but that didn’t stop WC from trying.
Every small town parade has to have little kids on bicycles; it’s a rule
Every Interior Alaska parade – no exceptions! – has to have the Red Hackle Bagpipe Band
One of Alaska’s oldest antique cars, the Cameron brothers 1916 Dodge Touring car; passengers include co-owner Dave Stone
The late Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was well-represented with clever floats
Sendak’s book was banned in many libraries when first published; now its characters are featured in parades
Antique cars are another mandatory feature of small town parades
Calypso Farms’ very clever play on Star Wars, featuring the Star Wars cast as vegetables, was clever and spot on
Characters included Kuke Skywalker, Princess Layinghen, Obi-Wan Kohlrabi, Darth Tater (“Kuke, I am your farmer”), the Death Chard, Corn Troopers, Peawok, the Mil-Onion Falcon, Kit Pesto, Han Salad, Monsanto the Hut, Seed 3PO, R2Radiccio and Princess Amatomato, among many other, equally dreadful puns on character names.
A parade has to have a fire truck; Ester’s 2015 parade also featured a medical emergency
Behind the fire trucks was a group of young – some very young – firefighters who boogied down to an appreciative crowd; the hula hoop kid stole the show
Kelly Rivers and Kayla Fox-Rivers hamming it up after the parade
WC supposes you had to be there, but it really was an altogether excellent parade, in the best tradition of the Republic of Ester. Well done!