Shriners gear up for convention, parade

Posted June 18, 2009, at 11:09 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Members of the Anah Temple Shrine will be in town today for their annual summer convention, which runs through Sunday and includes inducting new officers, and a colorful parade along Main Street.

About 2,000 Shriners are expected to attend, according to organizers.

Saturday’s hour-long parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Front Street, near the Sea Dog restaurant, will make its way to Main Street and end at the Bangor Auditorium.

Several streets along the route that intersect Main Street will be barricaded beginning at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Main Street, from Cedar Street to Dutton Street, also will be closed to traffic from 10:15 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m.

The parade will feature more than 30 Anah Temple units. Minicars, lobster boats, go-karts, minibikes, marching units and live music are expected, along with the Anah Shire Clowns and the Aroostook County Klowns.

Holden resident Norris Nickerson will be inducted as the 2009 Potentate during weekend ceremonies, which will include dinners, dances and entertainment.

Front Street will be posted today with “No parking after 6 a.m. Saturday,” signs, so parade units, floats and participants will have plenty of room to organize along Bangor’s waterfront Saturday morning.

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