A dreary, rainy afternoon gave way to bright sunshine falling across Homer just in time for this year’s Homer Winter Carnival Parade last Saturday.
Held every year as part of the weekend-long carnival hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the parade showcases floats from various groups, organizations, businesses and individuals. This year’s carnival theme celebrated the 50th anniversary of Kachemak Bay State Park, and the parade grand marshals were Clem Tillion and Roger MacCampbell.
This year’s theme drew a number of creative floats and presentations to the parade. The ever-colorful Krewe of Gambrinus took to Pioneer Avenue dressed as wild things from “Where the Wild Things Are.” The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park had a live campfire burning on their float, complete with bundled up little campers sitting around it. Kachemak Bay State Park Ranger Jason Okuly made a good show of chasing a parade goer in a bear costume around the floats for the park, keeping the rest of the parade marchers — and the greater Kachemak Bay area — safe from harm.
Alaska State Parks won the best in show award in the parade, while Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park won the award for best use of theme, according to a Facebook announcement made by the chamber.
Here are the full parade prize results, according to the chamber’s Facebook post:
Best Antique Car — Joshua Nielsen, 1955 International Antique Pickup. $50 prize.
Best Performing Arts and Music — Krewe of Gambrinus. $50 prize.
Best Animals, Birds or Sea Creatures — Kachemak Bay Campus, Harmony the Whale. $50 prize.
Best Use of Theme — Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park. $75 prize.
Best of Show — Alaska State Parks. $75 prize.
Best Children’s Group — Troop 280 Girl Scouts and Den 10 Club Scouts. $75 prize.
Judge’s Sentimental Favorite — Krewe of Gambrinus. $75 prize.