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The cou­ple are also very in­volved in their church, Hart’s United Methodist Church, and par­tic­u­larly with its an­nual peach festival.

And given their long roots in the county, the two are no strangers to pa­rades. They’ve been to nearly ev­ery Christ­mas pa­rade over the years, and Sylva re­called how nice it was to see a lo­cal pa­rade when they first moved back to the county.

The Pas­sis also re­called one mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence march­ing in a North East pa­rade dur­ing the sum­mer sev­eral decades ago to pro­mote their busi­ness.

“We were in the pa­rade on a tan­dem bike,” Sylva said.

“We had a sign that said, ‘Peaches ga­lore in Hank added.

The cou­ple also re­mem­ber many hours spent watch­ing fire­men’s pa­rades while grow­ing up in Elk­ton and North East.

“Our par­ents marched in the pa­rades,” Sylva said, “it’s a won­der­ful tra­di­tion.” ‘ 94,’” “But this time, we get to ride.”


A scene from last year’s Ce­cil County Christ­mas Pa­rade. Long­time county res­i­dents Hank and Sylva Passi will serve as grand mar­shals in this year’s pa­rade.

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