Monday, June 15, 2015
Love A Parade
Love zany 15 minute parades?
Did I have the place for you yesterday.
It was Old Port Festival Weekend in the city. It's our traditional welcoming of summer to Portland. Events started happening on Friday, but everything hit a crescendo Sunday afternoon when thousands upon thousands crowded into the Old Port. Rain or shine for 42 years the fest has brought crowds into the city from all the surrounding communities. By about 12:30, waves of festival-goers were streaming down towards Middle and Temple Streets. Elenka and I had found seats on a concrete barricade and were listening to the band North To Nashville at one of the music stages, and it was simply amazing to watch the people funneling down towards Exchange Street. As has been the tradition through the years, the Shoestring Theater troupe kicked off the events of the day with many of their hilarious-faced, gigantic puppets with a madcap romp down Exchange.
The sun was out.
The crowds were out.
The fun and festivities were on.