Scarborough 350: Parade Day!

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I’ll be celebrating Scarborough’s 350th anniversary all year on this blog with pictures and profiles of residents I’ve gotten to know, but this weekend is the town’s official celebration. I had been volunteering with the parade committee, but I had no idea how mammoth the final lineup was until I saw it coming together behind the high school this morning. Kudos to parade chair Dale Temm, who worked tirelessly for months putting it all together; to Mark and Barb Hough, who came down from Yarmouth to organize the procession; and to all the other volunteers and participants who gave their time and energy to make it happen.

There’s no way I can show you all the pageantry of the parade in this space, but I’ve chosen a few scenes to share that I observed as the marchers proceeded through Memorial Park:

1 – Hannaford was a lead sponsor of the parade, and their team carried a giant birthday cake to the town.

2- Barbara Gargano, of Falmouth, cheered on Shriners on scooters.

3- As the parade wound down, one young boy’s face on the Grange float showed that he had had enough.

4 – A Civil War reenacter was overcome by the heat after walking the route in a heavy wool uniform and was tended to at the side of the road.

5 – Members of the military and others pitched in to push an antique fire truck up the hill after it broke down in the middle of the road.

6 – Fred Abaroa, of Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, still had enough energy at the end of the route to balance a surfboard on his chin.

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