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Golden Days “Reverse Parade” held at Fairgrounds

Published: Jul. 18, 2020 at 7:24 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -A jump roping troupe, martial arts schools, politicians, and more all came out to celebrate the founding of Fairbanks in this year’s Golden Days parade. The Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, not the usual location for the parade, was host to this year’s event. In what has been dubbed a “reverse parade,” Fairbanks residents drove around and waved at parked floats. The reason for the change of venue was to continue the tradition of Golden Days, while taking precautions during the pandemic.

First responders, military personnel, and various troupes and clubs waved back at the vehicles. Some groups performed dances, songs, or routines for the passers by. Alyse Galvin, Marna Sanford, and Dr. Al Gross were just some of the politicians who also waved and smiled at constituents. Senator Dan Sullivan took pictures with residents and discussed what he has been focusing on while in Fairbanks.

“Importantly, we had the Secretary of the Air Force here in the Interior. Just about two weeks ago, I toured, I had her see all the incredible military buildup that’s going on in the Interior - missile defense, F-35′s, trying to get the KC-46 stationed here. And so we had a great meeting with her a couple days. A lot of our community leaders got to meet with her. We actually had a dinner with her here in the Interior, so we’re back in the Interior for some fun,” said Sullivan.

The Golden Days events will continue tomorrow with the Rubber Duckie race at 10:00am. Again, due to COVID precautions, the race will be streamed on YouTube and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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