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(Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Thousands of people attended the first day of Greenport’s Maritime Festival on Saturday and enjoyed the annual parade, nautical displays, live music and more.

Grand Marshal Otto Schoenstein officially started the parade by cutting the ribbon. Pirates and mermaids then marched in the parade with hundreds of other participants down Main and Front streets.

As for the kayak derby, Rachael Brown Bofinger and Joe Schoenstein won the demolition derby and Christopher Dolce and Jacob Golanec, both 15, won the relay race.

The festival continues today, Sunday Sept. 21. (Check out today’s schedule here).

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