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You only “need” to mark local variables or parameters final when they are used inside an anonymous or local class.
It is probably a good code convention to mark them final to remind yourself they are not changed, but, Stephan is right; you can change local variables if you wish. Changing parameters might cause confusion, but that does not merit a rule.