AUBURN — The bicentennial parade that will celebrate 200 years of Maine statehood will finally take place in August after a long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Maine Bicentennial Commission said Tuesday the State of Maine Bicentennial Parade Presented by Poland Spring will take place on Aug. 21 in downtown Auburn and Lewiston. The event was originally slated for spring 2020. The delay means Maine will actually be 201 years old during the event.

Event planners “are very excited that the pandemic response has progressed to point that will now allow us to share the excitement of this event with people throughout Maine,” said the bicentennial commission chairman, Democratic Sen. William Diamond.

The parade is among numerous bicentennial events that were postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The commission said more details about the plans for the event will be released when the parade date nears.

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