Everyone loves a parade! In Millinocket’s early days the largest parade of the year took place on Labor Day. The local mill union representatives paraded down Penobscot Avenue wearing their union badges and carrying union flags and banners. The Millinocket Band would then lead the way up and down various streets, ending at the ball field. Rival teams, Millinocket and East Millinocket, would then participate in a high-spirited baseball game.
The Millinocket Historical Society 2022 calendar is now available! The cost is $14 each at the museum (+ $5 each mailed). The theme is…you guessed it….Everyone Loves a Parade! The cover features several young boys and girls representing the various town playgrounds. July 4th, Memorial Day and Labor Day parades are remembered with vintage photos. Those were not the only days that Millinocket celebrated with a parade of some kind. Thus this calendar has photo collages that include some of the lesser known parades. We think you will enjoy it!
There are parades of snowmobiles, circus wagons and vintage cars and other transports. Pictured are crepe paper covered floats, baby carriages and bicycles. We didn’t forget the fire trucks and there’s even an early horse-drawn hearse! There are canoes on Millinocket Stream, and all the marching groups (Katahdin Rangers, Northern Knights, Pink Panthers, SHS band and Millinocket Band). December photos are from the Santa Claus parade. Pick up a calendar for 2022 and take a trip down memory lane because…everybody loves a parade!

*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477. New email is MillinocketHistSoc@gmail.com or trudy18@beeline-online.net or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.