PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — For the first time in 21 years, the Presque Isle Holiday Light Parade has been postponed.
Organizers scrambled Friday to reschedule the event when weather forecasts predicted rainstorms through Saturday. The parade now will be held on Sunday evening, with the procession to begin at 6 p.m.
Participants and floats will begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. on North Street, and the parade will travel from North Street along Main Street before ending at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Rain showers have dampened Aroostook County since Thursday morning, and while parts of northwestern Aroostook are supposed to get snow on Saturday, the remainder of The County will see rain throughout the day. The rain is supposed to let up by early Sunday.
Other activities planned around the parade also are being postponed to Sunday.
Catholic Charities Maine will conduct one of its Feed The County food drives during the parade. Volunteers will collect donations of nonperishable food and cash along the parade route for 24 pantries that feed people from Ludlow to Fort Kent.
The Aroostook Medical Center and Presque Isle Kiwanis Club are teaming up again to hold a toy drive during the parade. All of the toys collected will be distributed to local children through the Kiwanis Club’s Community Christmas Basket Program.
The agencies are asking parade-goers to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the parade to be picked up along the route when the TAMC-Kiwanis float passes by. Gifts of any size are encouraged.
For the seventh consecutive year, students and employees at Northern Maine Community College will distribute new and used children’s books along the parade route.
This year, the college has partnered with the Aroostook County Action Program to assist in distributing books that volunteers have been collecting for weeks. NMCC and ACAP volunteers will dress as elves and hand out the hundreds of books to children of all ages who come to enjoy the parade.
Also, the University of Maine at Presque Isle is inviting the public to watch two UMPI films, “Wind 101” and “The Proposal,” inside Gentile Hall. The films will be screened continuously before, during and after the parade. Hot drinks and other treats also will be available.