Alaskans embrace the bizarre at Alascattalo Day Parade
Fans of the alascattalo describe it as a mythical creature that is half moose, half walrus. Unfortunately, they say, there is only one of these animals left on earth, so it has no ability to mate.
On Sunday, about a dozen Alaskans gathered in an alley north of Fifth Avenue to celebrate the alascattalo. Dressed in bizarre costumes, they paraded down one block of the alley before turning around.
“It’s the longest-running short parade in American history,” said parade organizer Steven Levi.
Participants said Alascattalo Day is a way to celebrate what makes Alaska special.
“Every part of America has its own unique humor … and in Alaska, we lie. Tourists come up and they ask us, ‘Where can we find penguins?’ And rather than saying we don’t have any, we say, ‘Well, go on down to the Park Strip,’” said Levi.
As in years past, the parade was very brief: It began at 12:03 p.m. and ended at 12:07 p.m.
“That’s what this parade is all about. It’s Alaskan humor,” Levi said.
The alascattalo queen was also crowned at the parade. For the second year in a row, Serena Ames was given the honor.
“I like this because it makes people happy,” said Serena, who spends her time as an elementary school student when not on her throne.
Participants allege this was their 37th year of the parade. But, given their status as self-described liars, that statistic may have to be taken with a grain of salt.
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