Juneau’s Independence Day parade starts at 11 a.m. Friday.
The staging area is the Alaska Labor Department building parking lot at the corner of Egan Drive and the Juneau-Douglas Bridge.
The parade will start up the mountain side of Egan Drive, turn left on Main Street, right on Front, down South Franklin Street to Admiral and Marine Way and back on the waterside of Egan Drive.
This year’s theme is “I love a parade.” Grand Marshal is Dick Garrison, usually seen playing his trombone in the Fourth of July marching band.
After the Juneau parade, a number of floats will cross the bridge for the Douglas parade, followed by activities at Savikko Park.
Juneau police will be out in full force for the entire holiday weekend, says Lt. David Campbell.
We have one guy that’s on family medical leave, but pretty much every sworn police officer, from the chief of police to the newest rookie, is scheduled to work this weekend.”
Campbell reminds parade-goers and partiers that the open-container law is still enforced, even on the Fourth of July.
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