STATEWIDE (WGME) – Next year is the state of Maine’s 200th birthday and plans include a parade.
The Maine Bicentennial Commission has announced the parade will be held in Lewiston and Auburn on Saturday, May 16.
It will feature floats and marching bands.
Organizers are inviting musicians from all across Maine — 13 and older — to take part in the bicentennial marching band.
They will have to learn two pieces of music, attend two rehearsals and, of course, march in the parade.
“We’re particularly hoping to make it accessible. We don’t want to pick music that’s extremely difficult and scare people away. And I also want to say nobody should be scared away from marching in this event. Anybody that can walk a couple of miles can do it,” said Bicentennial Band Director John Neal.
The parade will be sponsored by Poland Spring, which was founded 25 years after Maine became a state.
The commission is hoping for statewide participation in the parade and is accepting applications for floats and participating units.