BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There will be a Memorial Day parade in Bath after all, after volunteers rescued the canceled parade
The city's traditional parade was canceled after the local American Legion Post, which sponsors the parade, had to use thousands of dollars to pay a court fine for illegal gambling. The Bath post admitted it had been allowing people to win money on video poker machines at the Legion Hall, which is against state law.
The Assistant District Attorney said the practice had been going on for a number of years. Several weeks ago, the group agreed to pay roughly $18,000 in fines, taking away the money that would have been used to put on the parade.
The parade was saved Tuesday afternoon when Dan Eosco and Shawn McKenna, who organize the Bath Heritage Days parade each year, volunteered to pull together a parade for Memorial Day.