Thinking about going to the 2016 Maine lobster festival? Find out what you can expect by viewing this slide show of images of the Pine Tree State’s most popular crustacean celebration.
Arguably one of the state’s best food fests, the Maine Lobster Festival is a spectacle not to be missed. This five-day celebration — held in Harbor Park in Rockland, Maine— includes a big parade, sea goddess coronation, a lobster-crate race,all the fresh-cooked lobster you could possibly eat, cooking contests, souvenirs, carnival rides, crafts, and live entertainment.
This year’s festival runs from August 3 – August 7, 2016.
It's important to wrap your fish.
But a little rain wasn't going to deter the marchers.
And the parade continued.
They were real troopers, even in the deluge.
You'll find lobster in many forms at the Rockland Lobster Festival.
Melissa Philbrook, the 2013 Maine Sea Goddess, with her attendants.
And so the rain eased.
All kinds of characters took part in the parade.
Pig in lobster garb.
Parade watchers covered up and stayed in their seats.
...then packed for travel.
Plenty of old cars.
Storm Bowen the 2013 Miss Maine U.S. International was in attendance.
McGruff mingled with the youngest visitors.
"The Band" Marching Unit came up from Maryland to take part in the festivities.
Lobster treats for salty dogs.
Fresh Maine lobster rolls were on the menu.
An assembly line worked to produce enough lobster rolls to satisfy the hungry crowd.
Restaurants were serving up all types of lobster.
You can also pick up lobster-themed souvenirs.
Lobster costumes aplenty.
Local businesses embrace Rockland's annual lobster festival.
And lots of lobster-themed floats.
And lobster salad.
It wouldn't be a real Maine parade without lobster boats.
The giant lobster signifies the end of the parade.
Singers to entertain the crowd.
With the crazy cops in hot pursuit.
The Rockland Lobster Festival is the perfect place to make new friends.
And then the rain came down, soaking the parade participants.
And David Cassidy entertained was there to entertain the crowd on Saturday night.
After the parade, the crowd moved on to Harbor Park to indulge in lobster.
A jailbreak to entertain the guests.
Freshly cooked lobsters were put on ice...
There are rides and games for the kiddies.
Residents set up their chairs well in advance of the parade.
All photos/art by Brenda Darroch