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Prom parade a return to happier times for students and spectators

FORT KENT, Maine — It was a rite of passage denied students in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but high school proms made a comeback in the St. John Valley this year. In Fort Kent that included the annual vehicle parade. 

More spectators than prom attendees turned out for the event, held in its traditional location in the parking lot of the Lonesome Pine Lodge.

A large number of parents, grandparents and community members at large gathered to see what creative ways students came up with to arrive at prom. The spectators were not disappointed.

Among the more unique arrivals were students Collin Bennet and Kassidy O’Leary, who were all smiles when they rode in at the lodge in true northern Maine style — on a fishing boat.

The 2021 parade included students arriving in a golf cart, antique car, motor home, several tractor trailers and even a fire truck. 

Hundreds of spectators turned out to the 2021 prom vehicle parade in Fort Kent. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

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