- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

Dozens of parades are being held across the state as Mainers celebrate Memorial Day, which marks the unofficial start of summer.

Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism, says the state doesn’t make projections on the number of visitors. But anecdotal evidence from early bookings suggests it’ll be a busy year.

She says some inns report that bookings are up 30 percent.

On Monday, parades are scheduled in towns from north to south. Some were cancelled due to inclement weather, including parades in Cumberland, South Portland, Sanford and Falmouth.

The Roman Catholic Church was also holding special masses in churches and cemeteries.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff for the holiday.


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