59th annual Summerside Lobster Festival parade to kick off week of events

Ancelene MacKinnon
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SUMMERSIDE – For the last 18 years, Twila Arsenault and sister April Marsh have worked together at the Summerside Superstore. 

Kassidy Arsenault (left), April Marsh and Twila Arsenault get their Superstore float ready for the Lobster Festival Parade, which takes place at 1 p.m. Monday, kicking off the annual weeklong event. 

They love how the store shows community support, something that will continue with the company’s entry in Monday’s 59th annual Lobster Festival Parade.

Arsenault said they and others participants in the annual parade, the kick-off to the weeklong festival, have been working on the floats since Friday. She’s excited for everyone to see what they have prepared and thinks they will fit right with the other parade entries.

“We have lobsters galore. At the Superstore we’re about food, so we’re going to feature the big feast you’re going to have after you catch the lobsters.”

It’s going to be a wonderful parade, said Arsenault.

“We hope when the public sees our float they will think it’s vibrant and active. We’ll have music playing, too, and we want to pump up the energy.”

Superstore will be sponsoring the Mayor’s Barbeque when the parade concludes at Green’s Shore, said Arsenault.

Don Quarles, executive director for the Summerside Lobster Festival, said the parade is going to have upwards to 80 floats when it weaves its way through the city.

Quarles said celebrities such as two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse and Special Olympian gold medalist with powerlifting, Kolton Doucette, will be in attendance.

This year’s parade marshal will be Derek Hughes, who had the first honour of holding that title back in 1955.

Judges for the parade will be Vance Bridges, Walter Gretzky and Adam Bourque, who will be watching it all from a viewing station at the bottom of Rufus Street.

The categories they will be judging are best musical performance, best not-for-profit, best commercial, most humorous and best theme.

“It’s very exciting to have this parade. It’s going to be fantastic,” said Quarles.

The parade begins at the Marine Terminal on Heather Moyse Drive. It will continue on to Queen Street and will head west on Water Street before turning onto Greenwood Drive, ending at Green’s Shore.

Summerside’s Police Services are reminding the public that parking along that route is prohibited beginning at 12 p.m. until the completion of the parade.




Organizations: Marine Terminal on Heather Moyse Drive, Police Services

Geographic location: Summerside, Rufus Street, Queen Street Water Street

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  • annoyed
    July 14, 2014 - 14:07

    I see in this article that "parking along that route is prohibited beginning at 12 p.m. until the completion of the parade.". All I saw were cars parked all along the start of the route!!!! Hardly any place for spectators to sit because of this! My son and I were in our spots by noon and traffic was still rolling by at 12:55pm!!!! What a joke!! There were hardly any cars parked along the route when we arrived, but they were all filled up by the time the parade started! After sitting for an hour waiting for the parade to start it was very disappointing to have to try to look around parked cars!!! There was absolutely no one there to enforce this! If the traffic had been closed off like it mentions above, parking along the route wouldn't have taken place!!! People were literally standing in front of us to see around the parked cars! Way to go Summerside! How very disappointing! We left before the parade was over. We got no enjoyment out of it whatsoever! Oh! I should also mention..... When Will and Kate were in Summerside traffic was closed off well before they left the wharf?! But you couldn't do it for your own people to enjoy their own local parade? Guess that's why the "Carnival" has been such a"success" in recent years!!!

  • Lisa
    July 14, 2014 - 06:28

    Great picture! Love the spirit.. have fun!

    July 14, 2014 - 05:53

    So much for hundreds and hundreds of people lining our friendly tree-lined streets, nestling under an old elm for shade. Yes, you need to attract people to downtown Summerside but you just ruined a what a lot of people looked forward to by taking this parade and re-routing it. For all our citizens that can't sit in the sweltering heat, don't worry. It's supposed to rain Monday. Oh yes. The big old trees would shelter a bit of that too wouldn't they.