Dundalk parade delights thousands
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
Miller Brothers – Ford Model T Truck
Roger Hudnet – Birdman Oriole Car
Gregory Hudnet – Birdman Ravens Car
Dundalk Art School CCBC Dundalk Campus Our Little Blessings Daycare & Preschool
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
Dundalk High School NJROTC Vietnam Veterans of America #451
Dundalk American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard
Angels Supporting Our Troops Dundalk Chamber of Commerce East Coast USA Maryland Queens
Mission Barbeque Stealth All Stars Cheerleading & Tumbling
Maryland Trail Hunters
West Inverness Dance ESP Falcons Football & Cheerleading
Gray-Charles Rec Council
New Light Lutheran Church Inverness Presbyterian Church Eastern Assembly of God
WW II & Korean Veterans of Dundalk True American Heroes Donald F. Marshal – 1943 GPW Military Jeep
Rising Starz Dance Boy Scouts of America – Chesapeake District
Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts of America – Troop #304
Sparrows Point Country Club & Marina Infidel Jeepers of Maryland Mustang Club of Maryland Vulcan Materials Company
Rising Starz Dance
YOUTH SPIRIT AWARD
West Inverness Dance
Flag-twirlers practice their craft during the Independence Day parade.
Dundalk Art School took a prize for top commercial float.