Rebuilt pride float takes first place in July 4th parade contest

Two days after fire officials call a blaze that destroyed a gay pride float possible arson, leaders from the LGBT community’s Imperial Court were able to rebuild their float, and took first prize in the July 4 parade contest.


The Imperial Court of All Alaska, an organization supporting the gay community, rebuilt its float with community support after it burned in a suspicious fire early Friday morning.

“Our float is now called ‘Phoenix Rising,'” said Colleen Crinklaw, who helped build both the old and new floats. “Two days ago on Friday morning, our original float was burned in a suspicious fire.”

But like a phoenix rising from its ashes, donations and support made it possible to rebuild the float in one day — “Phoenix Rising” won the Grand Champion trophy at Sunday’s parade.

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