The Krewe of Gambrinus wasn’t going to let the cancellation of the Homer Winter Carnival Parade last Saturday ruin their good time.
For 28 years, except for one year when the Homer Winter Carnival Parade fell after Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Gambrinus, a social aid and pleasure club, has marched in the Homer Winter Carnival Parade, donned in bright colors with masks, drums and beads in celebration of Mardi Gras. In 2021 there was not a parade because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our Krewe has become a focal point of the Winter Carnival Parade,” Karen Berger of Homer Brewing Company said. “Each year we strive to entertain the attendees, emcee and judges as the Bossy Pants and Panties sashay down Pioneer Avenue.”
This year, the group decided that even though the city wouldn’t have a parade, they would still celebrate the carnival in their own style and march in the Ocean Drive area.
“We paid homage to the beloved Hobo Jim and his signature, ‘I did, I did the Iditarod Trail’ tune,” Berger said. “We were a masked ‘dog team’ to lead our honorary King William, carrying the life-saving serum.”
The group could be seen on Saturday walking from Homer Brewing to Beluga Lake Lodge, drumming, singing and having a good time.