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Bear Paw Festival makes parades great again

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Thousands of people turned out for the return of the Bear Paw Parade in Eagle River on Saturday, and Must Read Alaska got to see most of them from our parade truck.

The weather in Eagle River was Chamber of Commerce perfect, in the high 70s.

Also spotted in the parade was the Kelly Tshibaka for U.S. Senate float, which was accompanied by more than 40 people in Kelly for Alaska t-shirts and a few muscle cars. Mayor Dave Bronson rode a four-wheeler along with Assemblywoman Jamie Allard.

Assemblywoman Jamie Allard lines up for the parade in a four-wheeler, while First Lady Deb Bronson and Alexis Johnson get in line. Allard was co-chair of the parade.

The Must Read Alaska white GMC truck, provided by grassroots activist Jerrod Dunbar, stayed with the “America is Our Country” theme; the overall theme for the parade was the “Roaring 20s.” MRAK volunteers tossed and handed out candy and MRAK t-shirts, and when that was gone, they passed out the canvas Must Read Alaska bags that had carried the candy and shirts.

Thank you to all of the volunteers and riders who helped make it possible. We’ll do it again next year, with twice the candy, three times the t-shirts, and hopefully the same crew of amazing patriots.

The Bear Paw Festival, which includes fun-looking carnival rides, booths, and contests, runs through July 18. More info here.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I was there, but not in time for the parade. Beautiful day, though!!!

  • Suzanne there is always a spot for you around our campfire in Chugiak/Eagle River.

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