Pink is the new black at Flamingo Fest

Participants work their way down Main Street in Southwest Harbor during last year’s Flamingo Parade.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – The Quietside of Mount Desert Island is preparing for the annual migration of pink flamingos into Southwest Harbor.

Four days of pink-feathered fun is set for July 11-14 as Harbor House again hosts its Quietside Flamingo Festival.

The annual event, begun to celebrate the pink plastic lawn ornament and its creator, Don Featherstone, features what must be the pinkest parade on the planet, a cocktail party, food, children’s games and music.

As has been the tradition, the festivities begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a lobster bake on the Pemetic Green sponsored by Kiwanis International.

The Flamingo Parade begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and easily is the most popular attraction of the weekend. Always a good time, the parade, which travels along Main Street, has such crowd-pleasing marching units as the Friends of Acadia Imprecision Drill Team.

Following the parade is a kid’s carnival on the Pemetic Green with games, a bounce house, dunk tank and water slide. Food and drinks are available.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., crafters will be selling their wares on the green. They will be back again on Sunday between the same hours.

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting an open house, also on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The base is located on the Clark Point Road.

Fireworks, originally scheduled for the Fourth of July, will go off at 9 p.m.

Sunday gives participants the chance to get some exercise beginning at 7 a.m. with registration for the Flamingo Four-Miler Road Race. After registering, runners are transported to the starting point at the Seawall picnic area, where they will race back to the school.

The Friends of Harbor House Golf Scramble is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the Causeway Club.

From 5-7:30 p.m. Sunday is the Southwest Harbor Polo and Yacht Club Cocktail Party in the Causeway Club barn. The tongue-in-cheek club exists solely to put on the party, which benefits Harbor House and its programs. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and dancing to the music of The Larks.

The festival ends Monday, July 14, with a 7:30 p.m. concert by the steel drum band Flash in the Pans on the green.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander