Robert Grover rides on the Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound float in 2018's Flamingo Festival parade in Southwest Harbor. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Flamingo Festival is back

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Flamingos and the fun pink flair that fills downtown this time of year are back for the annual festival that takes place this weekend.

On Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., the fun will kick off with the parade that runs from the shops on Seal Cove Road, down Main Street and onto Clark Point Road. In response to having abstained from the festival for a year because of the pandemic, this year’s theme is: Resilience. Perseverance. Stronger Together.

“A thank you to front line and essential workers,” said Diana Novella, events and community relations director for the Harbor House Community Center, who hosts the event.

There are at least 20 different floats expected to flow through downtown from places like The Claremont Hotel and Spa, Southwest Harbor Historical Society, Summer Festival of the Arts and, of course, Harbor House.

After the parade on Saturday, people will have the opportunity to hang out and take photos with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee or Megatron to benefit the Silas Rocks Campaign. Silas Harper was recently diagnosed with Evan’s Syndrome, a rare blood disorder, that requires expensive medical treatment and frequent trips to Boston for care. Silas’s parents, Chris and Amy, are residents of Tremont and a few people from that community began the Silas Rocks campaign to help them through this difficult time.

There will also be a big white van canvas for folks to leave their handprint on for a donation to the Harbor House. A resident who owns the van has been wanting handprints painted on it and has teamed up with Harbor House to make it happen. Adults and children are invited to stick their hands in paint and leave their mark on the van.

The annual craft fair will take place on the green space in front of Pemetic Elementary School and Harbor House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Many local artists and craftspeople will be showcasing their wares.

Southwest Harbor Public Library will also be hosting its annual book sale beginning on Friday and going through the weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hall behind the library next to the Town Office.

Sunday night, Flash in the Pans will provide the closing act to the weekend festivities with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of Pemetic Elementary School. Those who come to the concert are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

“We’ll have a good variety of things,” said Novella. “It’s going to be smaller, but at least there will be something.”

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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