Yarmouth Clam Festival turns 50 with jubilant parade

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Saco resident Blake Laverriere, 2, gets an up-close look at Steamer — the mascot for Yarmouth Clam Festival — Friday on Main Street during the annual Clam Festival parade. This year the event turns 50.

Kathy Kennedy Brown, of Raymond, waves to a packed crowd Friday on Main Street for the Yarmouth Clam Festival Parade

Jeff Tarbox, of Westport Island, waves his claws while followed by a lobster-decorated car Friday on Main Street during the Yarmouth Clam Festival parade. Tarbox and others were promoting a significant revamp of the lobstering exhibit at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. The exhibit will reopen July 26. 

RoBo the Clown entertains the crowd while the Yarmouth High School girls’ lacrosse team rolls past on a flatbed trailer Friday during the Yarmouth Clam Festival.

The Yarmouth Middle School Band struts its stuff Friday on Main Street during the 50th annual Clam Festival.

A float full of ukulele players rolls up Main Street in Yarmouth on Friday during the annual Clam Festival Parade.

San Diego resident Sadie MacKinnon waves to a passing firetruck Friday during the Yarmouth Clam Festival parade, while mother Erin MacKinnon provides a lofty perch. The MacKinnon’s were visiting family in Yarmouth.

Willie the clown entertains the crowd Friday in Yarmouth during the annual Clam Festival parade.

A group of school-aged children line up for high-fives from Steamer — the mascot for Yarmouth Clam Festival — Friday on Main Street during the annual Clam Festival parade. This year the event turns 50.

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