April 24, 2018
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Lubec’s July Fourth parade to feature German mayor, exotic candy

Lubec's Independence Day parade will feature Gabriele "Gabi" Schopenhauer as grand marshal. She's the mayor of Lubeck, Germany, and will be tossing to the parade route crowd samples of that Baltic seaport's most exotic candy.
By Tom Walsh, BDN Staff

LUBEC, Maine — This year’s Independence Day parade in Lubec will showcase a grand marshal from another city of nearly the same name.

Riding at the head of the 6 p.m. affair on Water Street will be Gabriele “Gabi” Schopenhauer, who presides over the city council of Lubeck, a thriving Baltic seaport city of 214,000 in northeast Germany.

Schopenhauer, 60, and her husband, Georg, who are both schoolteachers, arrived in Boston on Monday on their first trip to the United States. The couple and their granddaughter Laura, 12, will be staying with friends in Hancock County while exploring Down East Maine for the next 10 days.

In extending a formal invitation to participate in the parade, Lubec Town Administrator John Sutherland assured the family of a good time.

“I am sure you will find the people are warm, and the scenery is beautiful,” he said. “The seals should be in the harbor, and whale-watching tours are available. It is my understanding that you are coming during the Fourth of July holiday. That is an exciting time to visit, and I am positive that you will find the festivities enjoyable.”

Schopenhauer has a special treat in store for those who line Wednesday’s parade route. Lubeck is world-famous for manufacturing marzipan, an almond-flavored confection that has been made there for centuries.

She will be tossing into the crowd individually wrapped pieces of marzipan dipped in dark German chocolate, courtesy of the Lubeck-based Neideregger company, whose marzipan creations are considered the traditional candy’s gold standard.

Other activities on the Schopenhauers’ schedule include a whale-watching expedition out of Bar Harbor, trips to Acadia National Park and a lobster dinner replete with Washington County blueberry pie.

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