Updated with link to photos

2014 Big Parade draws crowd

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 02, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham King Neptune and Crown Bearer Sophie Marie Cyr join 2014 Maine Sea Goddess Abby Hersom in the Big Parade Aug. 2.

Rockland — Thousands of onlookers lined Main and North Main Streets in Rockland Aug. 2 for the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival's Big Parade.

Despite a rainy forecast, only a few sprinkles fell out of the overcast sky allowing for comfortable viewing of the nearly two-hour parade.

The parade saw an unforeseen break at 10:23 a.m. with a crash involving a Shriner's go cart that sent one person to the hospital.

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A few of the parade highlights were the marching and chanting of the crew members from the USCG ship Eagle, the maiden voyage of the 2014 Maine Sea Goddess Abby Hersom, all the candy thrown from the floats and vehicles, the upbeat dancing of the Swing and Sway group, and the cleaning up of a package left behind the horse-drawn stage coach of Wells Fargo and Company.

Several town bands, emergency vehicles, and many antique vehicles enlivened the audience as well.

Float winner information will be provided as soon as it is released.

The Maine Lobster Festival runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 at Harbor Park.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Crew members of the USCG ship Eagle make their way down Main Street during the 2014 Big Parade Aug. 2. They were recognized by the judges for their marching prowess. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A little admirer tries to get a closer look at the big horses drawing the Wells Fargo and Company stage coach at the Big Parade Aug. 2. It was judged the best commercial float in the parade. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Owls Head Baptist Church float echoes the parade theme Aug. 2 with many of its family members being fishermen. The float was named the best in the non-profit category. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Parade-goers enjoy the music by the Lincolnville Town Band during the Big Parade Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Phinn Oliver, 5, and Nate Stambaugh, 2, entertain themselves with bubble guns while awaiting the start of the annual Big Parade in Rockland Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Grand Marshal of the Big Parade State Sen. Edward Mazurek waves to the crowd Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Kora Temple Krazy Kops take a moment to shake hands with parade-goers Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of the Little Learners enjoy riding on their float. They won best themed float in the parade. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of the Bay Winds North entertain parade-goers Aug. 2. It took best band prize in the parade. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
"God Bless America" is played via bagpipes during the Big Parade Aug. 2. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (6)
Posted by: paula sutton | Aug 05, 2014 07:36

I loved the "eye pad" float too!



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 05, 2014 06:55

I guess that some of you missed the guy on his lawnmower pulling his "Eye Pad".  I saw some really good floats and I was in the parade and only saw just alittle.  The crowd was huge this year.  I thought it was a really good parade.  Jeezzz......



Posted by: russell g york | Aug 04, 2014 19:51

its time for the lobster festival to get some new people to attend the big parade or its time for the towns in knox county to bye new fire trucks same parade as last eight years fo living in rockland lets bring the bud horse to the parade next year



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 04, 2014 13:48

And the Float Winners are....?????



Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Aug 03, 2014 17:13

Marching Bands and just Music seems less every year , happy to see the vets and the military marching ...



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 03, 2014 04:16

Although the parade was stopped for alittle bit by an accident, thank goodness no one was seriously hurt, this was the best Lobster Festival Parade that I have been in.  I have never seen so many people come to enjoy the parade since I was a kid.  Overcast skies seemed to help with the heat.  Thank you to Jenny Chapman who puts her time into organizing this event and also thank you to those who have helped her.  It was an awesome parade even if I didn't see it cause I was it in.  The crowd was awesome too!!!!

 



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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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