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Cathy Spude
July 4 Parade
Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:16am

Ahhh, now I think I understand your scenario. You imagine the parade starting at the NORTH end of Broadway, proceeding south to the waterfront, and intending to end in front of city hall, but instead ending somewhere near the waterfront where a platform and podium had been set up for the speakers. I understand this is the way folks in Skagway have done the parade in the most recent years: however, they have varied the route often throughout the years.

I do not believe this was the route of the parade in 1898. I base my assumption of the route of the parade on the facts that: 1) Broadway was not the main street of town at the time; 2) State Avenue was blocked by the bunkhouse at Fifth Avenue, making it useless for north to south traffic; 3) Fifth and Sixth Avenues were the main business streets; 4) E. J. White described an entirely different route for the Patriotic Day Parade of 1898; and 5) I assume that the city fathers would follow the same route for their Fourth of July Parade as they set for the Patriotic Day Parade.

My understanding of the route of the PATRIOTIC DAY PARADE is as follows:

The parade lined up along Fourth Avenue facing east between State and Broadway. The leaders stood at the intersection of Broadway and Second (as shown in the Clallum Historical Society photograph).

Once the parade began, it proceeded north on Broadway. When it got to Fifth, it turned west (left). Stroller White says that Soapy and his Skaguay Military Company proceeded north while the rest of the parade went west.

Stroller says that Soapy and the rest of the parade met up with each other at Seventh and State. I presume that Soapy and his military company turned left down Sixth (with its saloons) while the businessmen paraded down Fifth with the other businesses in town. Soapy turned right up State, while the businessmen turned right up Main, circled around and met up with Soapy’s portion of the parade, as Stroller states, in front of Clancy’s Music Hall and the Princess Hotel at the corner of Seventh and State.

At that point, the re-combined parade proceeded east to Broadway, turned right, and marched south, back to the waterfront. OR disbanded on the way, especially as it passed Sixth Avenue with its row of saloons.

There was no reason to START the parade at the north end of town in 1898.


  • Cathy, you are confused...Jeff Smith, Sun Nov 25 2:31pm
    I never said that coach was not a part of the parade. Read the article again. Again, that photograph showing Soapy in the parade was taken as the parade made its FIRST trek down (south-bound)... more
    • July 4 Parade — Cathy Spude, Mon Nov 26 10:16am
      • Re: July 4 ParadeJeff Smith, Mon Nov 26 12:56pm
        Cathy, there are few accounts of the actual parade. E. J. "Stroller" White states, " ... it was clear where the parade was to start" ( Stroller White p.47) Looking at the photographs of the parade,... more
        • Parade RouteCathy Spude, Mon Nov 26 4:26pm
          Yes, Jeff. Thank you for clarifying. The PATRIOTIC DAY parade was on May 1. I am pleased to see that you are entertaining the idea that there may have been a Decoration Day Parade on May 30. I am... more
          • Re: Parade RouteJeff Smith, Tue Nov 27 11:05am
            As you probably know by now I invited others to participate in this discussion. Due to the lack of provenance we can not possibly come up with one single documented version of the July 4 parade.... more
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