Soldotna misses huge storm, but not St. Paddy's Parade

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Leave it to the luck of the Irish. While Anchorage was closing streets due to a record breaking snowfall for a 24-hour period, Soldotna Police closed down the Sterling Highway from Bailey's Furniture to the Y, so that local residents could enjoy the 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

"It was a short parade, but full of spirit, great for St. Patrick's day, and a good start to a good day," said SPD Chief Shirley Warner, dressed in a parka while blocking off Marydale Street with her SUV.


Soldotna Police Chief Shirley Gifford blocks off Marydale Street, as the Parade passes by

The cold damp skies and slushy streets may have shortened this year's parade a bit, but it certainly wasn't the shortest in the Parade's 12-year history. "During our first parade, the fire trucks were called out and all we had was the old fire truck, my Sweeny's pick up and few other cars and that was about it," recalled Mike Sweeney who organized the first parade in 1991 in cooperation with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

The fire works and corn-beef dinner were a great success again this year, with more local business support in donating auction items then ever before according to Soldotna Chamber executive director Justine Poltzin, "And the corn beef was just tremendous this year. The Sterling Seniors did a fantastic job cooking, everyone I think went back for second helpings it was so good,"said Poltzin.

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