Each year on the Saturday of the Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland Main Street is closed to vehicles for a few hours as we celebrate the Festival in one of the most traditional ways … The Big Parade.

During the 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival, we were happy to welcome an all-time record of 78 floats in addition to fire trucks and the Sea Princess and Sea Goddess cars. The Festival theme this year highlighted the lobster industry; “Lobster Livin’: The Families Behind The Industry” and all of our parade participants put on their creative hats to honor one of the biggest things that makes coastal Maine unique. From adorable, mini lobstermen waving happily from the Little Learner’s Childcare float to the many Coast Guard members who marched down the street, all were there to celebrate coastal Maine traditions at this very special event.

Of all the things we love about the Maine Lobster Festival’s Big Parade, possibly the most important one is seeing our local communities come together to participate in this long-standing Rockland tradition. Families from near and far join us on Saturday morning to kick off their day before heading over to the Festival to enjoy a lobster dinner and carnival rides, or spend some time doing other Midcoast Maine activities.  The parade brings us all together as a community, and the lobster industry is a very important part of that community.


For more photos of The Big Parade, visit the album on our Facebook page here.