Keystone Cops showered parade goers with bubbles (KCAW/Rose)

After the coronavirus threw a wrench in most of the Alaska Day celebrations last year, in 2021 the festival was back in mostly full-swing. Sitkans gathered from Lake Street to Lincoln Street on Monday (10-19-21) for the annual parade.

Sitkans participated in a variety of events to mark the state holiday, which recognizes the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States.

United States Coast Guard service members from Air Station Sitka and their families marched in the parade (KCAW/Rose)

The award winning Sitka High School track team (KCAW/Rose)
Sitka School District’s marching bands were back in full swing at the parade this year (KCAW/Rose)
Woodsy the owl poses for a photo, but he’s upstaged by US Forest Service employee Riley Whitson (KCAW/Rose)

In recent years, a movement to recognize “Reconciliation Day” in place of Alaska Day has gained support. Read about the weekend’s Reconciliation Day activities here.