With glorious summertime weather and an expanded three-day schedule of events to stimulate and engage any festival-goer the Old Port Festival was a huge success this year.
Families enjoyed science presentations at the park on Exchange Street designed for kids as well as a rock- climbing wall near the City Hall and the traditional parade on Sunday featuring the Shoestring Puppet Theater with their fantastic papier-mâché puppets that are two stories high.
“I loved the big sun, and the pirate gave me a high-five,” said John Connors, 8.
The mythological puppets energized crowds as they rambled amiably down Exchange Street. This year there was something for everyone at the Old Port Festival.
“We’re trying to make it more of a destination event and to broaden the scope to focus on all of Portland’s downtown, not just one area,” said Steve Hewins, executive director of Portland’s Downtown District, the merchants group that runs the Old Port Festival. That focus included the arts district, which kick started the festival during the Friday night art walk. Read more