Hol­i­day spirit fills Christ­mas pa­rade

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — More than 90 en­tries par­tic­i­pated in the 70th an­nual Cam­bridge-Dorch­ester County Christ­mas Pa­rade Satur­day, Dec. 1.

The pa­rade route be­gan at Long Wharf Park, and par­tic­i­pates trav­eled down High Street. Par­tic­i­pates turned left on Po­plar Street and con­tin­ued all to way through Race Street.

Mardela Mid­dle and High School placed first out of High School bands with 96.5 points. Fol­low­ing Mardela were North Dorch­ester High School with 88.3 points and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School with 74.6 points, re­spec­tively.

In the Mid­dle School band cat­e­gory, Maple El­e­men­tary School placed first with 87.2 points. Maces Lane Mid­dle School placed se­cond with 77.4 points, and North Dorch­ester Mid­dle School was third with 74 points.

North Dorch­ester High School re­ceived the award for Best Drum Ma­jor.

Mardela Mid­dle and High School swept the re­main­ing band award cat­e­gories, which were Best Band Front, Best Per­cus­sion and Best Over­all.

Floats and cars in the pa­rade were judged in nine sep­a­rate cat­e­gories.

Chop­tank An­i­mal Hospi­tal took home the award for Best Com­mer­cial Float, while Horn Point Lab­o­ra­tory was judged as the best Non-Com­mer­cial Adult Float.

For the best Non-Com­mer­cial Youth Float, Cam­bridge Lit­tle League re­ceived the award.

Spicer Hill Farms had the best Equestrian Unit dur­ing the Cam­bridge Dorch­ester County Christ­mas Pa­rade and the De--

struc­tive Black Di­a­monds were voted as the best Marching Unit on Foot. The Hooper Is­land Fire De­part­ment was voted as the best dis­play of fire de­part­ments.

Two awards were given to the best cars dis­played in the pa­rade. For the best An­tique Auto, 1900-1948, Tri Gas and Oil took home the award. For Clas­sic Auto, 1949-1989, Eu­gene Nal­ley was voted the win­ner.

The Best School Spon­sored Club was Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester Cross Coun­try Team and the Judge’s Choice Award went to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

The hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties con­tinue with Cam­bridge Res­cue Fire Com­pany’s 84th an­nual Christ­mas Train Gar­den, which runs through Tues­day, Dec. 31, for the at 311 Gay Street. The train gar­den has been com­pletely de­signed. It is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day and 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days. The train gar­den is free and dona­tions are wel­comed.

The Hur­lock Christ­mas Pa­rade will be­gin at 5 p.m., start­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 331 and Thomp­son Street. The route will travel up Main Street. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at https://www.facebook.com/hur­lock.gov.

The town of Cam­bridge also will host an Old Fash­ioned Christ­mas Se­cond Satur­day event, be­gin­ning Dec. 8 from noon un­til 8 p.m. Car­riage rides from Sim­mons Cen­ter Mar­ket will be avail­able from 5 to 8 p.m., along with a visit by Santa and car­ol­ers at the same time, be­tween 5 and 8 p.m.

A Se­cond Satur­day pro­mo­tional prize will be drawn for par­tic­i­pat­ing con­tes­tants at 8 p.m. Live mu­sic also will be pre­formed by Gin­ger Cats at the Black Water Bak­ery.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

The Maple El­e­men­tary School Marching Li­ons per­form at the 70th an­nual Cam­bridge/Dorch­ester Christ­mas Pa­rade Satur­day, Dec. 1, 2018.For more pho­tos from the pa­rade, see pages 4-7.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Eastern Shore Dance Academy’s Mag­gie Blake, right, joins The Nutcracker for a dur­ing in the 70th an­nual Cam­bridge/ Dorch­ester Christ­mas Pa­rade Satur­day, Dec. 1. For more in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets for the up­com­ing “Nutcracker” pro­duc­tion, see page 2.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester High School’s marching band won best drum ma­jor at the Cam­bridge/Dorch­ester Christ­mas Pa­rade Satur­day, Dec. 1.

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