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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 10, 2014
Hurricane Arthur turns Fourth of July celebrations into two-day affair

The color guard leads the July 4 parade through Deer Isle

The color guard leads the parade through its second pass through Deer Isle Village in Deer Isle, Maine on July 4, 2014

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by Jessica Brophy

Rough weather courtesy of Hurricane Arthur moved a portion of the celebration from July 4 to Saturday, July 5.

The rain held off until the evening on Friday, allowing the Stonington Six and Fun Run to take place (see results on page 5). Suzy Shepard emceed the parade in Deer Isle, and Hubert Billings served as Grand Marshall.

The theme of the parade was celebrating the 75th birthday of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge. Takes on the theme included a birthday cake, “toll house” cookies, celebrating the labor it took to build the bridge and all the work it takes to keep the bridge standing.

The winning float was the Just for Kids Daycare float, which featured “minions” (from the film Despicable Me) saving the bridge from rust. The Island Nursing Home’s “We were babies when the bridge was built” float won second place in the floats division. Third place was awarded to “The Bridge Trolls” float.

The color guard leads the parade through its second pass through Deer Isle Village on Independence Day, beginning the 2014 Independence Day festivities in Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine. From floats to lobster dinners to fireworks, postponed to Juy 5 because of rain, the celebration was held in the traditional Island style. Photos by Jessica Brophy.

In the walkers division, V&S and Burnt Cove Market took first place, the “Toll House Cookies” took second and the “Bridging the Gap” walkers took third.

More than a dozen antique cars took a ride through the village as part of the parade, including George Magnuson’s 1919 Model T Ford. Magnuson traveled from Minnesota and has participated in more than 300 parades with the Model T.

After the parade, festivities took a break for a bit of wind and rain, and then recommenced on Saturday evening with several vendors and an unnamed band that came together last-minute to provide entertainment, followed by the fireworks over Stonington Harbor.