BELFAST — The annual street party that celebrates summer in Belfast and typically draws hundreds of people to High Street is back, but this year, because of the pandemic, festivities have been pared down.

The 12th annual shindig (it didn’t happen last year because of COVID) is scheduled for Aug. 2, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and attractions will stretch from the High Street-Main Street intersection to Market Street. High Street will be closed from the traffic light to Market Street from 4 p.m. until cleaning is complete later in the evening.

According to Belfast City Councilor Mike Hurley, if it rains, “we’ll have the party on the next sunny day,” whenever that happens.

This year the party also celebrates Maine’s 200th bicentennial with birthday cakes donated by Hannaford Supermarket. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy a free slice of cake while they last.

Hurley said, “This year we are doing it a little differently due to COVID and we have dubbed it Belfast Summer Street Party Lite.”

Games and rides, which have always been part of the event, according to Hurley, have been unable to operate this year, “so with that we decided to make it a fun party with just a little less than we have in the past.”

There will be many food choices, Hurley said, including ice cream, snacks and more — food truck confirmations are still coming in. Many activities geared to kids will be available, including face painting and games. In keeping with the state’s birthday, the Colonial Theatre will be offering free tastes of Maine’s favorite beverage, Moxie.

Two bands are scheduled to provide tunes at the party this year, according to Hurley. Captain Obvious, a well-known local rock band that features Mayor Eric Sanders on drums, together with a host of “seriously” talented musicians, has played at past street events to an appreciative crowd. Obvious and crew will get the party started around 5 p.m.

The wildly popular Country Mist with Don Nickerson will carry the second half of the evening with a blend of high-energy classic early rock ‘n’ roll and country.   

“Don is in the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, and we are excited and blessed to have him and Country Mist anchor the Street Party,” Hurley said.

The event was canceled last year because of the pandemic and according to posts on the Belfast Summer Street Party Facebook page, has been sorely missed. 

The party is sponsored by the city of Belfast and organized by a small group of volunteers, including Belfast Parks and Recreation. 

For more information, email Mike@pilut.com or call 338-1975.

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