Spirit of the Community: Juneau parade winners announced

    (Klas Stolpe / KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The 2022 4th of July parade in Juneau was held Monday with residents of the capital city coming to celebrate. This year's theme was Spirit of the Community.

    Update 10:50 am:

    During the parade, Capital City Fire & Rescue responded to the corner of front and Franklin streets for a report of a woman with a leg injury.

    "On arrival, CCFR found a female patient with a significant foot and leg injury. It was reported she was walking alongside of a trailer being towed by a pickup, and the trailer ran over her foot and leg. Fire crews provided medical care on scene and transported her to Bartlett for further treatment of a non-life-threatening injury," said Fire Chief Rich Etheridge.


    There were 44 floats total in the parade.

    Leading the parade was a Tundra honoring the late Senator Dennis Egan, who was given Honorary Grand Marshall status days before the parade. It was driven by Bruce Botello and Bill Corbus.

    "We are trying to show our appreciation, we and all of his supporters for all he's done for the community, both as mayor and as our senator," Corbus said.

    Following the Tundra was a float honoring the late Jean Stzuk, who was also given Honorary Grand Marshall status.

    Three Grand Marshals were featured in the Juneau parade: Brian Weed, Dr. Amy Dressel, and Douglas Marshall Joe Tompkins.

    "I think there's a lot more people that deserve it to me, so it's an honor to actually be asked to do it. It's absolute honor to be part of it. So, I'm thankful, but I still think there's other people that deserve it more than me," Tompkins said.

    "The theme is 'Spirit of the Community,' and that's kind of in my whole goal is to get the community out and go on hikes and join in on adventures and everybody's adventure in life is different," said Weed.

    "I honestly had no idea when I was chosen. The committee didn't know I was coming out with this Netflix show. So that was a surprise to them at the same time. So being chosen as one of the Grand Marshalls is truly an honor," Weed added. "I want to know if I'm the youngest Grand Marshal ever chosen."

    The Juneau 4th of July Committee awarded Best of Parade to Juneau Urgent & Family Care.

    Best Use of Theme - University of Alaska Southeast.

    Most Patriotic - American Legion Auke Bay post 25.

    Most Humorous - Protect Juneau Homeowner's Privacy.

    Best Musical Group - Royal Wedding Band.

    Best Commercial - Capital Towing.

    Best Youth - Juneau Dance Theatre.

    Most Alaskan - Southeast AK Veterans.

    Best Decorated Vehicle - Thunder Mountain Dance Team.

    Bringing up the rear of the parade at spot #44 was First School, the transportation company that provides busing in the school district. They said it was their first year participating in the parade.

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