Hundreds of people lined the streets of Saint Albans Sunday smiling, waving, and eager to watch the annual Maple Fest Parade downtown.
“Five years now we’ve been coming down,” said Elmer Richards of Williston. “On Sunday only because of the parade.”
It wraps up the weekend long 53rd Vermont Maple Fest which celebrates all things maple.
“Maple cotton candy, maple milkshakes, maple glazed donuts,” said Stephen Tetreault, co-chair of the event. “It’s celebrating our first agricultural crop of the season.“
Dozens of community groups from school marching bands to fire departments and dance teams marched in the parade. Some of Vermont’s political leaders also took part, including Attorney General TJ Donovan and Congressman Peter Welch.
“I’m always hungry on Maple Fest and my appetite is always taken care of,” Rep. Welch said. “Everybody in the community is out here. It’s about unity, so many different groups and non-profits advocating for different things.”
The event draws in more than 30,000 people throughout the weekend.