Today we celebrate Alaska Day. By definition it's a holiday to mark the occasion on which Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States. The ceremony took place here in Sitka on October 18, 1867 and it is Sitka that still commemorates this passage with a week of celebrations and ceremonies, everything from a beard and bonnet contest, formal ball, book sale, pie sale, writing contest, etc. But the best part of Alaska Day is the parade. It begins with a Main Street fly-over by our USCG staff, is continued with all the silly, hometown parade antics you'd expect in a lot of small towns, only this is an Alaskan small town, so the antics are often left of center and sometimes just odd. All of this is topped off with the community itself. October is a fine time for a local celebration. You don't have to contend with cruise ship visitors and you run into a lot of friend and folks who must have started their winter hibernation early because it's usually the first time you've seen some since the 4th of July parade.
I mark this occasion with a photo scanned from one of my all-time favorite Alaska books, Good Time Girls by Lael Morgan. If you've not read this, it's an historical look at the women who came north during the gold rush days and the limited career choices offered women during this time. Excellent read and amazing photos.
Finally, here is also a photo of my little good time girl - Rie, partaking in today's festivities. Happy Alaska Day!
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