The 27th annual Maritime Festival parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. on the corner of Broad and north Main Street. It will include sharp looking midshipmen from the US Merchant Marine Academy, all130 NJROTC cadets, the Greenport school band, elected officials, local, civic and cultural organizations. Also marching proudly will be fanciful Merfolk, pirates, dance and hula hoop groups, the ELIH pink ladies, volunteers from the fire fighter Fire Boat, San Simeon, and the Fathers of Saint Anargyroi Greek Church. Rolling right along will be antique cars, 3 fire departments, the Shamrock Farm mini train, a unicyclist, Penny Farthing bikes, Little Miss and Mr. Mattituck, the Strawberry Queen, our Grand Marshal, Captain David Berson, Greenport Brewery’s firetruck, and a host of other entertaining participants. Don’t blink because you’ll miss the promised surprise from Salt Air Farms. About 3,500 people usually line the streets and attend the parade.
Professional and amateur camera buffs will capture the event, and then share their pictures on the EESM’s Facebook space. Parade commentary will be provided by Tedd Webb. Following the procession, the Merfolk will have an award ceremony in Mitchell Park’s Inner Circle judged by Legislator Al Krupski. Thanks to Joe Corso for his tireless efforts in bringing this wonderful parade together.