The theme of the 2013 Maine Lobster Festival, which will run July 31 through Aug. 4, is “LOBSTER ART! Paint it! Sing it! Sculpt it! Draw it!” The theme will be featured in the annual Maine Lobster Festival’s Big Parade, as well as the Fine Art Tent, Children’s Parade and many more events.

Groups and organizations interested in participating in the big parade Saturday morning, Aug. 3, may download an application at mainelobsterfestival.com or request an application by emailing parade@mainelobsterfestival.com. There is no fee for participating in the parade, whose Grand Marshal will be longtime volunteer (and former King Neptune) Mike Miller. For the most up-to-date information about the Maine Lobster Festival, visit the website or check out the Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.