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