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Deadline to Register for Juneau's 2011 4th of July Parade is This Saturday
Published: 06/23/2011 21:57:00
Updated: 06/23/2011 22:17:09

The 4th of July Parade is just around the corner; and if you want to be in it; you need to act fast.

Jean Sztuk is the Director of the Juneau 4th of July Parade Committee, she gave us details: "The deadline for this year's parade entry forms is this Saturday June 25th. If you miss the deadline; you still may enter the parade, but you have to pay a late entry fee and you're not eligible for any awards.

They can pick up entry forms at the Juneau Visitors Center in Centennial Hall downtown, they can pick them up at the Mendenhall Library in the valley. Fill them out, attach the entry fee and turn them back into the same place they got them.

Floats are $75, vehicles are $50, marching and musical units are $35, animals are $15; youth, color guard and honor guard are all free."

Parade participants are accepted right until the start of the parade. For those registering on time, there's a new category this year.

"The new category this year is Big Rigs; that's the big trucks, the dancing trucks and the big U-haul trucks. And we have one entry in that category so far." said Sztuk.

Everyone is encouraged to enter and make use of the theme for the year according to Sztuk: "We chose the parade theme 'Honoring our Police and Firefighters' in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 2001 of the first responders and heroes of that day. Our parade grand marshals are: Juneau Police Department Sergeant David Campbell, retired Carlos Cadiente, Fire chief Rich Etheridge, Fire Captain Ed Quinto.

She says there's only one thing required for those in and at the parade: "You have to have fun, you have to enjoy yourself in the parade. And everybody usually gets thanked for this and this and this, but we want to thank the spectators. Because without spectators, what would be the point of having the parade; so we'd like to thank them."

As always, we will be partnering with KTOO to broadcast the parade live on the radio, and on Thursday July 7th at 7pm, in High Definition for the first time, on KATH-TV.

By: Mikko Wilson -