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Festival of Lights Parade draws record crowd

Float winners announced
By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 30, 2013
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Sully Collins, 3 of Appleton, enjoys a wave from a special guy during the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland Nov. 30.

Rockland — The Festival of Lights Parade drew a record crowd that lined both sides of Main Street in Rockland Nov. 30.

According to Lorain Francis, executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc. an estimated 2,000 parade watchers enjoyed the festivities.

The event saw more than 25 brightly-lit floats that were judged in several categories.

Receiving awards for their creativity were:

Best Spirit: Girl Scouts Knox Service Unit

Most Lights: Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Most Creative Award: Coast Guard Ice Breaker Thunder Bay

Best Business Float: Sogno Salon

Honorable Mention: Fisher Engineering

The entrant with the most canned good donations placed on it was the Girl Scouts, which meant they also received the People's Choice Award.

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

 

 

Brothers Jett, 4, and Colt Woods, 1, of South Thomaston bundle up for the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland Nov. 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Festival of Lights entertainment is completed with hot buttered popcorn from the Strand Theatre Nov. 30 in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of the Girl Scouts Knox Service Unit enjoy their ride in the Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 30 in Rockland. Their creation was awarded "Best Spirit" and "People's Choice". (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
All walks of life enjoy the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland Nov. 30. Lala Moody tries to resist a loving smoosh from Gianna Lepro, 3, of Easton, Mass. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Participants on the Sogno Salon float are illuminated by the gleeful lights during Rockland's Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 30. Their creativity received the "Best Business Float" award. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Float riders enjoy the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland Nov. 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
2013 Maine Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook waves to parade-goers Nov. 30 at the Festival of Lights celebration in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
This youngster braves the elements of the chill in the air at the end of November in the Midcoast as the Festival of Lights Parade goes on uninterrupted Nov. 30 in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The smile of Rachel Kinney, 4 — who wants a Barbie camper for Christmas by the way — brightens the night Nov. 30 during the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Hannah Plourde, 2013 Crown Princess of the Lobster Festival, waves to Festival of Lights parade attendees Nov. 30 in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Aldersgate United Methodist Church float received the award for "Most Lights" in the Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 30 in Rockland. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Enjoying the Festival of LIghts Parade and a little hot chocolate Nov. 30 are Reese Drinkwater, 5, Maddox McMahan, 6, Chloe Drinkwater, 7, Melissa Fogg, 7 and Mariah Fogg, 6. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Hundreds lined Main Street as Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way through downtown Rockland during the Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Charlotte Strong-Ames poses with Santa following the Festival of Lights Parade in Rockland Nov. 30. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Coast Guard Ice Breaker Thunder Bay received the Most Creative Award at the Festival of Lights Parade Nov. 30 in Rockland. (Photo by: Larry Pritchett)
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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 13.

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