State of Maine Bicentennial Parade Slated for August


The State of Maine Parade Has Been Rescheduled to August 21, 2021 in Auburn and Lewiston.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission (Maine 200) today announced the rescheduled date of the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade presented by Poland Spring.  The parade will march through downtown Auburn and Lewiston beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 21, 2021 featuring more than 80 units commeroating Maine’s 201 years of statehood.

Originally scheduled for the Spring of 2020, the parade was delayed due to pandemic restrictions.  The State has now announced their face coverings and social distancing are no longer mandatory.  Additionally, the commission is partnering with WCSH-6 to provide a live broadcast of the event for any spectator who is not comfortable attending in person.

“The planning and preparation have been in place for more than a year and we are very excited that the pandemic response has progressed to the point that will now allow us to share the excitement of this event with people through Maine,” said Bicentennial Commission Chairman Senator William Diamond. “We are very thankful that Poland Spring and the cities of Auburn and Lewiston have retained their enthusiasm for this historic celebration of all that we love about Maine.”

The Maine Bicentennial Commission will release more details about the participatory units, route and special features of the parade as the event date nears.  The Maine Bicentennial Commission is encouraging statewide participation in the parade and will review any new applications for floats and participatory units via the parade website:

The parade will also feature an inter-generational Bicentennial Marching Band, led by John Neal, music director at the Snow Pond Arts Academy.  The Commission is inviting musicians from across the state (ages 13+) to learn the music, attend rehearsals and march in the parade as part of this once-in-a lifetime band.  Full details and participation links are available at