Old Port Festival set for Sunday

Posted June 12, 2011, at 9:35 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — What’s billed as the largest one-day festival in northern New England is expected to draw 40,000 people to Portland.

The 38th annual Old Port Festival, set for Sunday, features six stages of regional music, activities, food and arts. The festival is free and happens rain or shine.

Portland Downtown District Executive Director Jan Beitzer calls the festival the official start of summer for local residents and visitors alike.

The festival kicks off with a parade starting at the top of Exchange Street featuring local mascots, music, dancers, giant puppets and stilt walkers.