Juneau Mayor Waino Hendrickson crowns Cecelia Thibodeau queen of the July 4 parade in 1947. In 1946, Hendrickson was encouraged to run for mayor, and he served in the post until 1953. Larry Parker, another ex-mayor, said that Hendrickson's most important work as mayor was getting the city to levy a sales tax, which was especially important because oil money was not available at that time. Parker also credited Hendrickson with helping launch Fourth of July as a major event in Juneau. "Waino was in the American Legion. He was behind it all - the parades, the fireworks. He knew where to go to get the money for the Fourth of July."