Parade kicks off Lobster Festival parade today in Summerside

Ancelene MacKinnon
Published on July 14, 2014

Summerside Lobster Festival

SUMMERSIDE — For the last 18 years, Twila Arsenault and sister April Marsh have worked together at the Summerside Superstore.

They love how the store shows community support, something that will continue with the company’s entry in Monday’s 59th annual Lobster Festival Parade.

Arsenault said they and others participants in the annual parade, the kick-off to the weeklong festival, have been working on the floats since Friday. She’s excited for everyone to see what they have prepared and thinks they will fit right with the other parade entries.

“We have lobsters galore. At the Superstore we’re about food, so we’re going to feature the big feast you’re going to have after you catch the lobsters.”

It’s going to be a wonderful parade, said Arsenault.

“We hope when the public sees our float they will think it’s vibrant and active. We’ll have music playing, too, and we want to pump up the energy.”

Superstore will be sponsoring the Mayor’s Barbeque when the parade concludes at Green’s Shore, said Arsenault.

Don Quarles, executive director for the Summerside Lobster Festival, said the parade is going to have upwards to 80 floats when it weaves its way through the city.

Quarles said celebrities such as two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse and Special Olympian gold medalist with powerlifting, Kolton Doucette, will be in attendance.

This year’s parade marshal will be Derek Hughes, who had the first honour of holding that title back in 1955.

Judges for the parade will be Vance Bridges, Walter Gretzky and Adam Bourque, who will be watching it all from a viewing station at the bottom of Rufus Street.

The categories they will be judging are best musical performance, best not-for-profit, best commercial, most humorous and best theme.

“It’s very exciting to have this parade. It’s going to be fantastic,” said Quarles.

The parade begins at the Marine Terminal on Heather Moyse Drive. It will continue on to Queen Street and will head west on Water Street before turning onto Greenwood Drive, ending at Green’s Shore.

Summerside’s Police Services are reminding the public that parking along that route is prohibited beginning at 12 p.m. until the completion of the parade.