The Pa­rade must go on!

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By WIL­LIAM FEUER Co-chair, Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade Com­mit­tee

The Dun­dalk Pa­rade Com­mit­tee is ex­cited to an­nounce the Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Com­mu­nity Car­a­van Cel­e­bra­tion tak­ing place on July 4 at 9:30 a.m. in ab­sence of the “tra­di­tional” Pa­rade this year. In­de­pen­dence Day is one of the most cel­e­brated hol­i­days for Dun­dalkians.

With that in mind there was no hes­i­ta­tion of the Pa­rade Com­mit­tee to do some­thing to cel­e­brate our Na­tion’s In­de­pen­dence! The Com­mu­nity Car­a­van

Cel­e­bra­tion route is ex­tended from the tra­di­tional 2.5 miles to an 8.1 mile route to en­cour­age greater so­cial dis­tanc­ing but still al­low­ing for view­ers to safely see the pro­ces­sion. The route will wind its way through the ma­jor streets of Dun­dalk but in­clude por­tions of the “tra­di­tional” Pa­rade route. Be­gin­ning on Wise Av­enue the route will cross over Mer­ritt Boule­vard and con­tinue on Ho­labird Av­enue, mak­ing a right on Del­vale Av­enue to Ger­man Hill Road, turn­ing right on Ger­man Hill Road to Mer­ritt Boule­vard, turn­ing right on Mer­ritt Boule­vard to Sollers Point Road, turn­ing left on Sollers Point Road to the traf­fic cir­cle in Watersedge, tak­ing the cir­cle exit to Dun­dalk Av­enue, turn­ing right on Bel­clare Road to Lib­erty Park­way, turn­ing left on Lib­erty

Pan­demic isn’t stop­ping Dun­dalkians from run­ning tra­di­tional July 4 pa­rade

Park­way to Dun­glow, veer­ing left at Dun­glow Road to Dun­man­way, turn­ing right on Dun­man­way to Trad­ing Place, turn­ing left on Trad­ing Place to Ship­way, turn­ing right to Ship­way to end in front of Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary School.

It is with great sad­ness, that this year’s Fourth of

July fes­tiv­i­ties take place with­out the watch­ful eye of Mr. Joe Falbo. As the Pres­i­dent of the Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion of Dun­dalk he ran the Her­itage Fair, Dun­dalk fire­works, and had the Her­itage As­so­ci­a­tion ded­i­cate funds to spon­sor bands in the Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade. “We know Joe is watch­ing over us and we hope to make him proud, even dur­ing th­ese dif­fi­cult times,” says Will Feuer Cochair of the Pa­rade Com­mit­tee.

The Pa­rade Com­mit­tee hon­ors his mem­ory and we rec­og­nize all that he has done for Dun­dalk with an en­try in the Car­a­van.

Michael Andy will be the 2020 Grand Mar­shall of the Com­mu­nity Car­a­van Cel­e­bra­tion. Mike is a very ac­tive mem­ber of the Dun­dalk His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, chair­ing the Dun­dalk Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Christ­mas Train Gar­den for 20 years, start­ing it with his per­sonal col­lec­tion of trains in 2000. He is a designer, lay­out builder, and en­gi­neer, there al­most everyday dur­ing the view­ing sea­son to “run” the trains. Mike also helps with the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Lu­mi­nary Night fill­ing the bags with sand and can­dles and decorating the park around the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety build­ing. He also works on the De­fend­ers Day Com­mit­tee, help­ing to plan the end of sum­mer event at Fort Howard, which cel­e­brates the valiant ef­forts of lo­cal res­i­dents in the 1814 Bat­tle of North Point. Ev­ery year for at least the last decade Mike can be found do­ing the pre­an­nounc­ing at the Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade, set­ting up the main stage at 5:30 in the morn­ing and then work­ing in the July heat to slow the en­tries down and al­low them to per­form in front of the judges.

“Mike is an as­set on the Pa­rade Com­mit­tee. Any­time we have a ques­tion or need help with any­thing he is the first one to raise his hand. Dun­dalk should be hon­ored to call him their own and I am priv­i­leged to call him my friend” says Will Feuer.

You wouldn’t know all that Mike does be­cause he doesn’t tell you, he just does it be­cause he cares about Dun­dalk. It is fit­ting that he should lead the Car­a­van through his town.

Mike will ride with John Purkey in the lead fire engine di­rect­ing the car­a­van. A re­tired fire­fighter, “Purkey” owns sev­eral fire en­gines and keeps them in pris­tine con­di­tion to ride in pa­rades and shows through­out the county. Not only has “Purkey” had fire en­gines in the Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade, he also de­liv­ers Santa Claus for the Christ­mas Tree Light­ing, and new this year, the Easter Bunny Pa­rade.

Fol­low­ing the lead fire engine will be:

Aaron Lewis Mil­i­tary flag truck

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38 Honor Guard (join­ing pro­ces­sion at Bel­clare Road)

Re­lay for Life driven by Michael Le­pock (join­ing pro­ces­sion at Bel­clare Road)

Den­nis McCart­ney McShane Bell and Joe Falbo memo­rial

Miller Broth­ers 1926 Model T Ford Truck es­cort­ing Mar­lene Miller Ry­dzewski

Ca­tonsville Pa­rade Com­mit­tee mem­bers

Mr. Tom, Chair of the Mayor’s Christ­mas Pa­rade and Ms. Sharen Kerr

Ms. Irene Spatafore and An­gels Sup­port­ing Our Troops

Sch­weigman 1951 Ward LaFrance Pumper Fire truck

United Rentals.com Greater Dun­dalk Cham­ber of Com­merce Mary­land State Po­lice Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion

Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

9/11 Rolling Memo­rial by Charles Ritz

Vic­to­ria Bech­tel Pur­ple Jeep with Lady Lib­erty

Bal­ti­more Blast Cheer­lead­ers es­corted by Sea­horse Inn Humvees (2 Humvees)

Dun­dalk Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Mu­seum, with Joe and Suzanne Stadler and Shirley Gre­gor y

John Melzer and Shaun the Sheep, Clean­ing up Dun­dalk Chick-fil-A East­point Can Am Spy­der driven by Tina We­ber

Bal­ti­more Hon Hive, es­corted by Don Kight

Amer­i­can Ea­gle es­corted by Will and Stacey Kelly

Vul­can Ma­te­ri­als Com­pany

Mary­land Wa­ter­ways Foun­da­tion

Bal­ti­more Bat­man and the Bat­mo­bile Wal­mart Dun­dalk Ori­oles Car driven by Gregory Hud­net Bren­das of Can­ton Bill’s Mu­sic U-Haul Com­pany of Bal­ti­more

Grace Con­struc­tion Triple Axle Dump truck

Back River Restora­tion Com­mit­tee

Santa Brian Marchetti and Mrs. Wendy Claus Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Dun­dalk In­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade Board: Will Feuer, Mike Mio­duszewski, Michael Andy, Vic­to­ria

Bech­tel, Jes­sica Lilli, Den­nis McCart­ney, Me­gan Ann Mio­duszewski, Roy More­land, James Shirk, and Rosie Tal­lon.

Pa­rade Sup­port Team: Bill Barry, Kim Bowen, Bob Cran­dell, Dawn Dis­hon-Feuer, Deb­bie Feuer, Bryan Shirk, Ja­son Mincher, Ken More­land, Bal­ti­more County Po­lice Cor­po­ral Walker, Robert Car­ri­gan, Tammy Jankiewicz, Bill Jankiewicz, Rick Slay­ton, and Ja­son Slay­ton.

The Dun­dalk Pa­rade Com­mit­tee re­in­forces all Mary­land and Bal­ti­more County Covid-19 rules and re­stric­tions in place for any­one com­ing out to watch the Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Car­a­van Cel­e­bra­tion. When leav­ing your home the CDC rec­om­mends and the Dun­dalk Pa­rade Com­mit­tee strongly en­cour­ages that spec­ta­tors: wear a cloth face cov­er­ing when less than 6 feet apart from other peo­ple, use so­cial dis­tanc­ing (stay at least six feet away from oth­ers), and wash your hands with soap and wa­ter for at least 20 sec­onds when you get home.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED BY WIL­LIAM FEUER

This is the planned route for the 86th An­nual Dun­dalk in­de­pen­dence Day Pa­rade, which begins on Wise Av­enue at 9:30 a.m. on July 4. The route has been ex­panded to an 8.1-mile trek for 2020, which was done to make so­cial dis­tanc­ing both fea­si­ble and en­cour­aged.

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