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Baton twirlers to spin over to New York City for St. Patrick’s Day parade

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BANGOR — The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team has been selected to perform in the 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 in New York City.
The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team was created in 2004 and is the travel compo-nent of the Central Maine Twirling Corps, a larger baton twirling program offered and supported by the Augusta Recreation Department and the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department.
Team members are selected by Andrea Fletcher of Portland, director of the Central Maine Twirling Corps, for their outstanding twirling and dancing abilities as well as their enthu-siasm, dedication and passion for the sport of baton twirling.
The 17 young women, ages 10 to 19, represent the communities of Augusta, Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Hancock, Hermon, Manchester, Orono, Prospect, Readfield, Vassalboro, Whitefield and Windsor, and are coached by Fletcher.
The team was chosen to par-ticipate in the 2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade through a competitive applica-tion process. Selection criteria included state, regional and national competitive achievements and recognition, and past national performance experience.
Fletcher said the Main-E-Acts were honored and proud to be representing the state of Maine in the parade, and are looking forward to entertaining audiences from all over the world.
For information on the Main-E-Acts or the team’s participa-tion in the parade, call Fletcher at 775-9079.
The New York City St. Pat-rick’s Day Parade is one of the city’s greatest traditions, Fletcher said.
The parade was held for the first time on March 17, 1762, and today it is the largest pa-rade in the world.
The parade is held in honor of the patron saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York. Every year the parade features thousands of marchers along with bands, bagpipes and traditional Irish entertainment for some 2 million spectators lining the streets of New York City.
The parade marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where it is reviewed by Cardinal Edward Egan, arch-bishop of New York.
This year will mark the 249th year of the event.