2014 Big Parade draws crowd
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 15.