Independence Day, Homer style

  • Several people walking down Pioneer Avenue in a giant salmon costume for Cook Inletkeeper’s portion of the Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Other participants carried signs promoting the Stand for Salmon initiative. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) tosses bouncy balls into the air for children to run after from his position in this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • A member of the U.S. Coast Guard tosses candy to children and families lining Pioneer Avenue during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Coast Guard participants were representing the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, also called the “Bull of the North.” (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Homer proceed down Pioneer Avenue in their float during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The represented the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, also known as “Bull of the North.” (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Homer Mayor Bryan Zak waves to families gathered along Pioneer Avenue for the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Ruby and David Nofziger ride through this year’s Independence Day parade, serving as the grand marshals, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. This year’s theme was volunteerism. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Children scramble for candy tossed from passing floats and parade walkers during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • A member of Kachemak Emergency Services tosses candy to eager children along Pioneer Avenue during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Kadel waves to the crowd gathered on Pioneer Avenue during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • A member of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department tosses candy to parade goers during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Homer area families line Pioneer Avenue in anticipation of this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News).
  • Homer area families line Pioneer Avenue in anticipation of this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News).
  • Homer area families line Pioneer Avenue in anticipation of this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News).
  • A small crowd of people march in the LGBTQ Pride section of the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 along Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Two men carry a caber — a type of log thrown during Scottish highland games — during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Members of the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club march in this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 with a banner advertising the annual Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Fair, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Members of the Shire of IceFire Bay live action role playing group stage a battle on and around their float during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Wayne Adderhold moves along with the Friends of the Homer Library during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. The friends handed out books to children as they marched and performed their own book-focused dance. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • A member of the Friends of the Homer Library hands a book to a young boy and his family on Pioneer Avenue during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The library friends marched down the street pushing book shelves on wheels filled with various volumes to hand out to spectators. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Sarah Vance, who is running for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, rides in the back of a truck during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Several political figures and candidates had floats in this year’s parade. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Representatives of the Homer Senior Citizens Center march and dance in this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • A member of the Homer Animal Friends hands out a dog treat to a young girl during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
  • Parade participants marching with a Certified American Grown truck pass out fresh blooms to families lining Pioneer Avenue during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Another Independence Day parade is on the books for Homer.

With dozens of floats celebrating everything from political campaigns to the local library, Pioneer Avenue was lit up with color and fun for the better part of two hours at 6 p.m. that Wednesday, July 4.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating Homer’s Volunteers,” with longtime volunteers Ruby and David Nofziger serving as this year’s grand marshals.

Parade participants are judged according to several different categories. This year’s winners are:

Best of show - Homer Senior Citizen Center

Best antique car - The Twins

Best of bikes - Hava Bowersox

Best of animals - Cook Inletkeeper

Best children’s group - Moore Music

Best use of theme - Homer Volunteer Fire Department

Reach Megan Pacer at mpacer@homernews.com.

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