Fourth of July parade route changes

Posted: Monday, June 24, 2002

Floats and marchers in Juneau's Fourth of July parade will take a different route this year.

The parade will assemble in the lower freight lot of Alaska Marine Lines off Thane Road, rather than the Department of Labor's parking lot on West 8th Street, where it has gathered for about eight years. Before that time, the parade traditionally assembled at the old ferry terminal on South Franklin Street.

Police concerns about safety and traffic at the beginning and end of the parade prompted the change, said Gerald Dorsher, who co-chairs the Juneau Festival Committee with his wife Bev.

Floats and marchers will start moving at 11 a.m. and travel up South Franklin Street from the Princess Tours dock to Front Street, from Front to Main Street, from Main to Egan Drive and on to West 8th Street by the Douglas Bridge.

Participants will be able to meet floats and walkers at the parking lot as they finish the parade, Dorsher said. Marchers continuing to Douglas will proceed across the bridge. The Douglas parade begins at 1:30 p.m.

Twenty groups are registered to march in the parade, with the June 30 deadline fast approaching. Last year, 130 groups were registered.

Participants often register at the last minute, Dorsher said.

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