ROCKLAND — The Maine Lobster Festival held the “Big Parade” on Main Street in Rockland Saturday morning, Aug. 6, for the first time since 2019.

The parade theme is “We Are All Champions.” Festival President Celia Knight said this theme was selected because everyone was a winner to have the festival return this year.

The event this year featured numerous entertainments, colorful floats, fire engines, law enforcement vehicles, military and veterans organizations and marching bands. The weather was beautiful and sunny for the event which drew a large crowd downtown.

The 75th Maine Lobster Festival began Wednesday, Aug. 4, at noon, when King Neptune and his court arrived by ship. That night, Olivia Dougherty of Warren was crowned 2022 Maine Sea Goddess.

For more information on the Maine Lobster Festival, visit: mainelobsterfestival.com.

Drums and flutes and period costumes inspire patriotic feelings Saturday during the Maine Lobster Festival parade down Main Street in Rockland. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Sea Goddess Olivia Dougherty of Warren waves to the crowds Saturday in the big Maine Lobster Festival parade. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Crown bearer Gwen McNalley of Warren waves to the crowds Saturday in the Maine Lobster Festival Parade. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The Strand in Rockland put on a vibrant display Saturday at the Maine Lobster Festival Parade. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

It wouldn’t be a parade without Shriners. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Many dressed for the occasion at the Maine Lobster Festival Parade. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The mood was light during the Maine Lobster Festival Parade Saturday in Rockland. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

McGruff the Crime Dog has a spring in his step at the Maine Lobster Festival Parade in Rockland Saturday. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

For some reason the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble float ended with a Jurassic Park theme. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Marlene Hall keeps the Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble on target during the parade. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

Izzy Compher, 10, of Alna, enjoys the Maine Lobster Festival Parade in Rockland. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

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