Fish walk: Promenade path plotted for 'Progress' parade

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

In its 41st year, the annual Progress Days Parade will once again promenade through the streets of Soldotna.

So far more than 100 participants have signed up to walk, ride or Rollerblade in one of the 13 categories.

"It is really neat to see people yell back and forth," said Erica Williamson, member service manager at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce.

"You can watch family and friends in the parade. That is not something you can do in a big city."

This year, spectators can watch the parade as it follows the tried-and-true route along Binkley Street. Starting at 11 a.m., it will go from Aspen Drive to Marydale Avenue, then south along Binkley Street. From there it will go to West Wilson Lane across from Safeway. The procession will end at the corner of Wilson Lane and Warehouse Drive.

Grand marshal Les Anderson -- the angler who caught the world-record king salmon -- will lead the parade in a car donated for the day by area dealers. Other notables set to appear in the parade are Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, Mrs. Alaska International Charlissa Magen and the Progress Days king and queen, Jim and Betty Harris.

Floats will be judged as the parade passes the reviewing stand in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on Binkley Street, and ribbons will awarded for first and second places in each category, as well as one grand prize overall ribbon at the entertainment gala on West Park Avenue.

The dachshunds who have walked in the parade for the past several years have added to their repertoire of talents. They will be racing against one another at the celebration site on West Park Avenue.

Post parade festivities, set to begin at 11 a.m., include entertainment by the Elmendorf Air Force Band, The Greatland-ers, Don the Magician, the car show, vendors and food.

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