espite gray skies, there were brilliant smiles last weekend as residents turned out to celebrate the Homer Winter Carnival and its “warm winter hearts” theme, a nod to Valentine’s Day.
The Homer Winter Carnival parade entertained spectators up and down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, with Master of Ceremonies Darrel Oliver announcing each entry that stopped before the judges’ stand. The parade was sponsored by Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, with employees Alita Mahan, Melanie Mach and Helen Phipps serving as judges.
Best nonprofit: Krewe of Gambrinus, $400 Homer bucks
Best individual-family: Chinese New Year Dragon Dancers, $200 Homer bucks
Best for-profit: NOMAR, $125 Homer bucks
Judge’s Choice: Homer Senior Citizens, $125 Homer bucks.
Grand marshal of the parade was King Hal, a disguised Bryan Zak, who shared his ride with the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s new executive director, Karen Zak.