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Veterans galore applauded in Big Parade

By Beth A. Birmingham | Aug 03, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Photographs of veterans are carried down Main Street as part of the Big Parade Aug. 3. The photographs are images of the memorial at the American Legion grounds. This year's parade had more than 50 veterans participate as grand marshals.

Rockland — The nearly two-hour Big Parade down Rockland's Main Street Aug. 3 drew higher-than-expected numbers of veterans from the various branches of the military service.

"Community ... At the Heart of It All" was the theme and although several parts of the route seemed a bit sparse, those who did attend enjoyed cheering on the grand marshals, sea princesses, and other dignitaries.

Sweet treats were enjoyed by onlookers of all ages.

Other highlights included numerous Kora Shriner performances, commercial floats, a couple of community bands, and some talented unicycle groups.

Parade winners will be announced as soon as that information becomes available.

More photos and video will be added later.


Veterans galore applauded in Big Parade
A member of the local Coast Guard hands out candy during the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
The Dunlap Highland Band of York County. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
From left, Madeline Sampson, Arabella Sampson and Abbie Messinio sport the appropriate hats for the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
James Kennedy-Bemis of Warren maneuvers his float. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Janet Johnston of Cushing, right, holds a sign acknowledging and thanking all veterans. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Members of Rockland Fire and EMS hand out souvenirs. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Lilly and Jasmine of Naples, Fla., get ready for the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A unicycling group from Thomaston struts its stuff. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
2019 Maine Sea Goddess Makaila Hickey and King Neptune wave to the crowd during the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A member aboard the Miss World America float hands out candy. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Pirates of the Blackrose encourage parade watchers to snarl. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Stanley, a Great Dane-English Mastiff mix, cools off in Rockland harbor along with some two-legged youngsters. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Lisa and David Lillen of Milford switch roles while Roxanne Whitmore takes their photograph. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Honor Flight Maine receives donations from the crowd during the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Curious festival-goers check out the pound of lobsters cooked thus far the afternoon of Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Amber Oliver entertains the crowd from the Hannaford float in the Big Parade Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
LeRoy Peasley Sr., USMC, salutes the crowd as he passes by in the Big Parade honoring all veterans Aug. 3. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Three wars and all the Robinson military brothers, plus others are represented on this festively-themed golf cart driven by Edgar Robinson. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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Comments (7)
Posted by: James Bowers | Aug 09, 2019 10:32

To the vet on his motorcycle who was flashing the white supremacy sign: my dad and uncles did not fight for you to be supporting Aryan white supremacy. That's what they fought about in WW II, lest you forget. You were extremely disrespectful.

Posted by: Ben and Leslie Fuller | Aug 05, 2019 11:54

Not so sure this muddy boots RVN vet would have been welcomed with a large Veterans For Peace sign. Didn't want to push it. Stop these endless wars.


Posted by: Ian Emmott | Aug 03, 2019 19:48

Really special seeing WW2 vets getting out there, not many left and who can make the trek. Our RVN vets are also getting up there, nice to see so many appreciated today when they were rejected coming home after serving their country as they were called to do.

Posted by: Mary Kate Moody | Aug 03, 2019 18:53

It was an absolute pleasure today riding on one of the Veteran's floats and hearing the wonderful support from the crowd.  This is why we served.

Chris Moody

Posted by: Ed and Melissa Boon | Aug 03, 2019 18:48

If allowing one church all need to be allowed. I like the floats with the churches. But a decision was made last year. Was amazed by all the vets, and groups that support vets. Best part of the parade

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Aug 03, 2019 17:06

Lots of fun.  It was great to see the widespread appreciation for our military.  Maybe next year we will celebrate the peacemakers: AIO, Homeless Coalition, Maine Syria Relief,  District Nursing, OUT, The Landings, Soup Kitchens, Restorative Justice, Addiction Recovery and; yes our faith organizations that support all of the ones fore mentioned.

Posted by: Ed and Melissa Boon | Aug 03, 2019 14:32

For a parade with no political or religious organizations how did a church opening 8/18 get in the parade

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