Lobster Festival bans politics from parade

The Maine Lobster Festival is excluding politics from the upcoming 2018 parade. In 2014, then-state Sen. Edward Mazurek served as grand marshal for the parade.

Rockland — Gov, Paul LePage, Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll — a former president of the Maine Lobster Festival — are among those people who will not be allowed to march in this year’s festival parade.

The festival board voted Tuesday, April 24, to exclude all political organizations and candidates from the annual parade held the first Saturday in August.

The online application for parade entrants already includes the new policy.

“The Maine Lobster Festival Parade is a non-partisan, secular and neutral private event which celebrates our community, our people and our lobsters. Because of this, we will no longer be accepting political applications. We anticipate and appreciate your respect of this policy,” the policy states.

Board President Cynthia Powell said in these highly charged political times, there were other entrants to the parade who did not want to be marching alongside and be associated with various political groups.

Powell said the policy is fair, because it excludes all political groups.

“We want to celebrate the lobster industry, celebrate the community and not necessarily make a political statement,” she said.

Representatives of local political parties questioned the action.

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