ELLSWORTH — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ellsworth as the downtown Christmas parade made its return.
“We’re just excited to be back here and spread some holiday cheer and just have some fun with some music and get the crowd entertained,” said Heather Tupper, owner of Legend Athletics.
From first responders to community organizations, over 60 units participated in the 41st annual parade Sunday.
“I think Christmas is a time for people to come together and really, really show your community spirit, and what better way to do that than a parade?” said Kimberly Fitch, parade coordinator for the City of Ellsworth Recreation Commission.
Thelma Beal, who coordinated the parade for 40 years, served as the grand marshal.
“The original theme 41 years ago was to bring a sense of holiday business, if you will, to the downtown area as well as a feel good moment for the community of Hancock County,” Beal said.
Beal said they put on an abbreviated parade last year due to COVID-19.
“We did have a few die hard folks in the parade, and I was overwhelmed with the amount of drive by that came for the parade in the pouring rain,” Beal said.
The crowd was excited to be back at the parade once again this year.
“It’s really nice to have a start to our holiday tradition and to revisit a parade that we’ve been coming to for a number of years,” said Christina Nicholson, a Bar Harbor resident.
Many of the kids enjoyed getting candy from those in the parade, but they also found the meaning of the event to be something more.
“To spend time with your family,” said Lexi and Elli Bouchard of Ellsworth.
“It’s awesome,” said Mattie Donaldson of Bar Harbor.
“It feels like joy, and it’s awesome,” said Piper Nicholson of Bar Harbor.
“And cheer,” added Mattie Donaldson.
“And it feels like Christmas,” said Allie Donaldson of Bar Harbor.