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Light parade, visit from Santa on tap for Grand Isle Sunday

GRAND ISLE, Maine — The Town of Grand Isle will celebrate the holiday season with the 7th Annual Grand Isle Light Parade on Dec. 16, with a special celebration to follow the parade at the Grand Isle Community Center.

The annual event is sponsored by the ATV Club of Grand Isle with Gary Campbell of the Grand Isle Fire Department heading up the celebration.

At the conclusion of the parade, ATV club members will provide hot dogs and Santa will be available to greet the children of Grand Isle.

“I’ve been doing this for 7 years, and we always have a good turn out,” Campbell said. “The gym inside the community center is usually very full after the parade.”

The event is free to attend, however, the cost to enter a float is $5 — just enough to offset the expense of the hot dogs, according to Campbell.

“We try to make this all free for the kids, that’s the purpose of doing this — their happiness,” he said.

Campbell said, as of Thursday, there were eight participants signed up to participate in the parade, not including members of the ambulance service, sheriff’s office, and border patrol.

“This brings Christmas spirit to the town,” he said. “We’re trying to liven up the town.”

The parade will start at Moreaults Road at 4 p.m. on Dec. 16, and will continue down to the fire station where it will turn around and head back to the community center.

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