Prizes in three categories will be awarded

Festival of Lights Parade float applications available

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:30am

ROCKLAND — Applications to enter a float in Rockland Main Street’s annual Parade of Lights in downtown Rockland are available.

Families, neighborhoods, businesses and organizations wishing to enter a float in the parade are encouraged to contact Rockland Main Street, Inc., to obtain an application.

Participation in the Parade of Lights requires an entry fee of $20, and insurance documentation for the organization and vehicles in the parade. Deadline for applications is November 18.

The Parade of Lights is a rain or shine event.

The Parade of Lights is an integral part of the Festival of Lights activities, which are produced by Rockland Main Street, Inc., every year during Thanksgiving weekend, according to Main Street, in a news release. The organization is also responsible for the construction of the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree overlooking the waterfront at Mildred Merrill Park, Breakfast With Santa, and the annual Lobster Trap Raffle.

Space in the parade is by reservation through the application process, and space is limited. Early responders have a better chance of being included, according to Main Street.

Prizes in three categories will be awarded following the traditional judging by Rockland City Council members, and the People’s Choice Award will be judged by parade attendees who will vote with canned goods and non-perishable foods by placing them on their favorite float. All food donations will go to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

The Parade of Lights is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, at 6 p.m.

The Parade of Lights is sponsored by First National Bank, and the lead sponsor for this year’s Festival of Lights is The Island Institute.

To receive an application for the parade, or for more information, email:, or call 593.6093.