Photos: The dogs, mushers and fun-loving fans at the Iditarod ceremonial start

The ceremonial start is a rolling party, starting in downtown and ending in East Anchorage.

Here’s a look at the parade-turned-party that is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s ceremonial start in Anchorage.

Read our story: Prerace jitters, thinking like a dog and more cowbell: Iditarod kickoff begins with mushers touring Anchorage

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Multimedia editor Anne Raup has been with ADN for 26 years, both as a staff shooter and an editor.

Bob Hallinen

Bob Hallinen has been a photojournalist in Alaska since the 1980s and has traveled extensively all over the state. He retired from the ADN in November 2018 after 33 years at the newspaper.