Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 1 : Summer 2009 - Page 42

Sesquicelebrate Caribou by John Swanberg The City of Caribou is celebrating its Sesquicentennial all year long. There have been and will be over 64 events put on by over 36 different organizations as part of the 150th Celebration. We are asking everyone to come out during the year to enjoy the events. So far there have been a number of events in February, March, April, and May. A few of the events so far have been the Aroostook Celtic Celebration, the Ski Dash for Cash, and the Proclamation Day. There are events scheduled each month from now until the last day in the year with the New Year’s Party scheduled for December 31st. The bulk of the activity will occur from August 22nd to September 6th. The Celebration Ball is on August 22nd at the Caribou Inn and Convention Center. There will be dinner and a dance. Sentimental Journey, a 17 piece brass band from Bangor will be playing for everyone’s enjoyment. The 40 Anniversary Events SUMMER & FALL 09 40 Anniversary Events SUMMER & FALL 09 150th pageant will be on August 29th and 30th. A play written by Phil Turner will come alive at the Caribou Performing Arts Center depicting 150 years of Caribou’s history. On September 5th, the Parade will start at 1:00 pm. The parade committee is working to develop one of the largest parades in Caribou’s history. Currently signed up to perform are the University of Maine Marching Band and the Bangor Community Band. The parade will end at Caribou High School where the celebration continues with a community barbeque and many of the parade bands continuing to entertain. There will be speeches and presentations starting at 7:00 pm with more bands playing into the evening. Around 9:00 pm, the celebration will be topped off with a grand fireworks display. The Caribou 150th Celebration Committee has worked extremely hard to raise money for all these events.