Monday, July 6, 2009

Pelican

7-5-09
An old fashion 4th of July where literally everyone in town turned out for a day of family fun! The festivities began on July 3rd at 11:30 p.m. with a fireworks show over the water. The fireworks reverberated through the mountains and valleys all around us.

The morning of the 4th the town gathered around City Hall for a wedding. The bride walked the boardwalk to meet her groom who was waiting in the courtyard. After the ceremony the traditional parade began with the newlyweds acting as Grand Marshals.

The parade participants strutted their way down the entire boardwalk to the flats at the east end of town and concluded with a BBQ. Egg toss, 3 legged race, gunny sack race, penny in the hay and a town softball game provided something for everyone.

3:00 p.m. the town gathered at the marina for more activities. These events were met with gales of laughter. The first event Greased Pole- like its name a long pole was greased in Crisco, a small flag placed on the end, the pole hung horizontally over the water. The goal grab the flag win the money pot (which grows as the audience continues to give donations.) You can only image how many participants ended up in the water. The next two events were tame in comparison, the first Anything but a Boat race, where participates created something to row and raced against others. Finally Team Work, using a dinghy one person tells the rower who is blind folded where to row, they switch places and return to the start. Lots of laughs!!
The day ended with another feast in honor of the bride and groom.

Pelican is located on the northwest portion of Chichagof Island adjacent to more than 30 miles of protected "inside" waters.


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