Dun­dalk pa­rade de­lights thou­sands

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE ROD­MAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors lined up from Dun­dalk Av­enue to Dun­man­way as the 83rd an­nual Dun­dalk Her­itage In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade took to the streets on July 4.

The pa­rade, with the theme “Dun­dalk: Our Pa­tri­otic Town,” fol­lowed the tra­di­tional route from Lo­gan Vil­lage through the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter be­fore end­ing at Dun­man­way.

The pa­rade kicked off, as usual, with a bat­tery of fire engines and po­lice cars from sev­eral lo­cal sta­tions, as well as an­tique fire equip­ment from the Sch­weigman fam­ily, Glenn Spacek and Paul Crates.

The fes­tiv­i­ties in­cluded a va­ri­ety of new fea­tures and re­turn­ing fa­vorites.

Among the new en­trants in these year’s pa­rade were Dun­dalk Art School, which took top prize in the com­mer­cial floats cat­e­gory.

Other high­lights of the pa­rade in­cluded sev­eral march­ing bands, among them the Bal­ti­more City Pipe Band, the Calvert Hall Col­lege band, the Bal­ti­more March­ing Ravens Band, Carolina Gold Drum & Bu­gle Corps, Al­liance Drum & Bu­gle Corps, Read­ing Buccaneers Drum & Bu­gle Corp, Har­mony Coronet and Shenan­doah Sound Drum and Bu­gle Corps.

A full com­pli­ment of po­lit­i­cal of­fi­cials were on hand for the fes­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R), as well as po­lit­i­cal hope­fuls gear­ing up for the 2018 elec­tion.

Sev­eral honor and color guards were also in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Honor Guard, White Marsh Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Honor Guard, Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Legion Post #38 Honor Guard, Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica Chap­ter #451 Honor Guard and the Dun­dalk High School NJROTC Color Guard.

Other fea­tured par­tic­i­pants in­cluded war vet­er­ans, lo­cal churches, scout troops, busi­nesses, schools, rec coun­cils and so­cial clubs.

The pa­rade would not be pos­si­ble, of course, with­out hard work from many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing pa­rade chairs Pat Her­man and Bob Cran­dell, as well as the pa­rade com­mit­tee, Michael Andy, Kyle Burke, Jackie Cran­dell, Will Feuer, Joe Her­man, Don Kell­ner, Den­nis McCart­ney and Roy More­land, and pa­rade sup­port team Bill Barry, Mike Barry, Joe Falbo, Carol Hart­love, Heather Her­man, Betty Kell­ner, Capt. Eugene Mead­ows, Mike Mio­duszewski, Me­gan Mio­duszewski, Ken More­land, Dave Nagel, Rosie Tal­lon, Arkia Wade and Eric Wash­ing­ton.

And of course, ku­dos are due to the hard-working bucket bri­gade, who walked the en­tire pa­rade route col­lect­ing do­na­tions to sup­port the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Bucket Bri­gade mem­bers in­clude chair Don Kell­ner, driver Richard Hart­love and vol­un­teers John We­ber (and fam­ily), Richard Con­way, Joe Christy, Court­ney Speed, Crys­tal Green, Glo­ria Bayer and Donna Rosen­thal.

An­nounc­ers for the event in­cluded Jackie Cran­dell at the Dun­dalk Shop­ping Cen­ter grand­stand and Michael Andy at the Libery Park­way Grand­stand, while Masters of Cer­e­mony were Bill Barry, Eric Wash­ing­ton and Arkia Wade.

As al­ways, the pa­rade fea­tured a grand mar­shal, Op­ti­mist Club of Dun­dalk 2017 Ci­ti­zen of the Year Alan Hol­comb, and hon­orary grand mar­shals, in­clud­ing Op­ti­mist Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year Roy Plum­mer and lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist John Melzer.

Pa­rade judges, se­lected by judge chair Roy More­land, in­cluded Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter di­rec­tor Cyn­thia Mingo, re­cently-re­tired Dun­dalk High School teacher Tom Pless, Boule­vard Diner man­ager Marc Tsakiris, Gray Manor-Northshire Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­gel Ball and North Point Vil­lage Civic As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Dave Pa­tro, along with an­tique fire equip­ment judges Cap­tain Eugene Mead­ows and crew at the Dun­dalk Fire Sta­tion.

Pa­rade win­ners were an­nounced shortly fol­low­ing the pa­rade on July 4 and in­clude the fol­low­ing:

AN­TIQUE FIRE EQUIP­MENT

Paul Crates The Sch­weigman Fam­ily Glen Spacek

AN­TIQUE VE­HI­CLES

Miller Broth­ers – Ford Model T Truck

Roger Hud­net – Bird­man Ori­ole Car

Gre­gory Hud­net – Bird­man Ravens Car

COM­MER­CIAL FLOATS

Dun­dalk Art School CCBC Dun­dalk Cam­pus Our Lit­tle Bless­ings Day­care & Preschool

COM­MU­NITY FLOATS

Mary­land’s 9-11 Rolling Memo­rial Clean Bread & Cheese Creek Dun­dalk Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

COM­MU­NITY MARCH­ING GROUPS

Se­niors on Wheels On A High Note Show Choir Bal­ti­more Hon Hive

COLOR/HONOR GUARD

Dun­dalk High School NJROTC Viet­nam Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica #451

Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Legion Post #38 Honor Guard

DEC­O­RATED VE­HI­CLES

An­gels Sup­port­ing Our Troops Dun­dalk Cham­ber of Com­merce East Coast USA Mary­land Queens

NOV­ELTY GROUP

Mis­sion Bar­beque Stealth All Stars Cheer­lead­ing & Tum­bling

Mary­land Trail Hunters

RE­CRE­ATION COUN­CILS

West In­ver­ness Dance ESP Fal­cons Foot­ball & Cheer­lead­ing

Gray-Charles Rec Coun­cil

RE­LI­GIOUS OR­GA­NI­ZA­TIONS

New Light Lutheran Church In­ver­ness Pres­by­te­rian Church Eastern Assem­bly of God

VET­ER­ANS/MIL­I­TARY GROUPS

WW II & Korean Vet­er­ans of Dun­dalk True Amer­i­can He­roes Donald F. Mar­shal – 1943 GPW Mil­i­tary Jeep

YOUTH GROUPS

Ris­ing Starz Dance Boy Scouts of Amer­ica – Ch­e­sa­peake District

Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts of Amer­ica – Troop #304

OTHER/JUDGES’ RECOG­NI­TION

Spar­rows Point Coun­try Club & Ma­rina In­fi­del Jeep­ers of Mary­land Mus­tang Club of Mary­land Vul­can Ma­te­ri­als Com­pany

THEME AWARD

Ris­ing Starz Dance

YOUTH SPIRIT AWARD

West In­ver­ness Dance

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Flag-twirlers prac­tice their craft dur­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day pa­rade.

PHOTO BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Dun­dalk Art School took a prize for top com­mer­cial float.

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