Children’s books provide inspiration for parade participants
Kicking off the parade, emcee Suzy Shepard paid a touching and comical tribute to long-time parade participant Larry Snowden, a decorated war veteran who never missed the opportunity to incorporate water into his parade floats. Snowden died this year. A full complement of antique cars, floats and walkers, many in the planned theme of “Children’s Storybooks,” followed, while temperatures reached into the 90s.
Float winner, second place
The Very Hungry Caterpillar takes second place in the float division.
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are takes the top spot in the float division.
First place walkers
The duo of Norma Morey and Sandra Seile take first place in the walking category as Raggedy Ann and Andy.
Celebrating 60 years of “a storybook” marriage, Bobby and Mimi Tobin created a float, complete with a trail of clinking cans on string.
Annie Gray, Executive Director of the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce and Sherry Rochefort, branch manager of Camden National Bank in Stonington were among the judges to join emcee Suzy Shepard up on the stage.
Keep the lights burning
Maine Lighthouse ABC, a new book from Penobscot Books by Connie and Peter Roop was among those featured in this year’s children’s book-themed parade.
Parade Grand Marshals Sally and Jane McCloskey, daughters of author Robert McCloskey, lead the way.
“They have a float in the parade every year,” said emcee Suzy Shepard, noting the Island Nursing Home’s annual participation in the parade.
Charlotte’s Web, by the late E.B White of Brooklin, provided the inspiration for this float.