Merry and Bright!

Pa­rade, Hoopla set for Dec. 1

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NICOLE ROD­MAN nrod­[email protected]­pub.com

You bet­ter watch out, you bet­ter not cry.

Bet­ter not pout ... well, you know the rest.

Santa Claus is com­ing to town! On Sat­ur­day, Dec. 1, Santa and Mrs. Claus, ac­com­pa­nied by elves and rein­deer, will visit Dun­dalk as the high­light of the an­nual Dun­dalk Christ­mas Pa­rade.

Spon­sored by the Dun­dalk East­field Re­cre­ation Coun­cil, the pa­rade will kick off at 4 p.m. and fol­low its tra­di­tional route up Dun­man­way and down Ship­ping Place through the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter be­fore turn­ing at Ship­way and, fi­nally, con­clud­ing at Her­itage Park on Trad­ing Place.

Chaired by Alan Hol­comb, the pa­rade was the brain­child of late com­mu­nity ac­tivist Bruce Mills, who died in 2008.

Now more than two decades old, the pa­rade has grown each year.

As usual, the pro­ces­sion will be led by lo­cal fire de­part­ments, in­clud­ing the Wise Av­enue Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and the North Point-Edge­mere Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment. The Bal­ti­more County Fire De­part­ment will also par­tic­i­pate.

The pa­rade will also in­clude a color guard from Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38 (the pa­rade “will al­ways have a color guard,” Hol­comb told the Ea­gle last year), as well as par­tic­i­pants

from var­i­ous Dun­dalk-East­field Rec Coun­cil pro­grams.

Re­turn­ing fa­vorites will in­clude lo­cal groups, such as the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and An­gels Sup­port­ing Your Troops.

There will be plenty to de­light the pa­rade’s youngest at­ten­dees, in­clud­ing cos­tumed char­ac­ters and a kid­die train do­nated by Shaw and Sons owner Roy Shaw.

Last, but by no means least, will be the big man him­self, Santa Claus, ac­com­pa­nied by Mrs. Claus and the full com­ple­ment of rein­deer, rid­ing their sleigh on the back of a 40-foot flatbed truck.

As the pa­rade con­cludes at Her­itage Park, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be led by their rein­deer to the gazebo (fully decked out for the hol­i­day), where Santa will visit with each child who wishes to see him. There will be no pho­tog­ra­pher on site, though par­ents are in­vited to bring their own cam­era.

But it’s not just the pa­rade and Santa in the Park — the Dun­dalkPat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion are get­ting into the act as well.

The day’s fes­tiv­i­ties will kick off at noon on Dec. 1 with the open­ing of the Hol­i­day Train Gar­den at the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, 4 Cen­ter Place across from the Dun­dalk Post Of­fice. The dis­play, free and open daily through De­cem­ber, will be open un­til 8 p.m.

From noon to 4 p.m., the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion will host the Hol­i­day Hoopla Street Fair on Cen­ter Place. The fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude lo­cal ven­dors, a moon bounce, pic­ture sta­tion, hot co­coa, let­ters to Santa, mu­sic, crafts and much more.

Ac­cord­ing to com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co­or­di­na­tor Christo­pher Pineda, the aim is to bring out lo­cal res­i­dents and give back to the com­mu­nity.

“Its a good time for peo­ple to ex­plore Main Street and to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to buy from the lo­cal busi­nesses,” Pineda told the Ea­gle last year.

From 3 to 4 p.m., the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion will host their pop­u­lar an­nual Hol­i­day Cookie Tour. Busi­nesses and ven­dors in the shop­ping cen­ter will hand out free cook­ies baked by res­i­dents from across the area.

For more on the Dun­dalk-East­field Rec Coun­cil’s Christ­mas Pa­rade/Santa in the Park, call 410-8877155.

For more on the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Christ­mas Train Gar­den, call 410-2842331 or visit www.dun­dalkhis­tory.org.

For more on the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion’s Hol­i­day Hoopla, call 410-282-0261 or visit www. dun­dalkusa.org.

PHOTO BY NICOLE ROD­MAN

Santa Claus was the guest of honor at the Dun­dalk Christ­mas Pa­rade last year.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

A panel of judges has the en­vi­able task of tast­ing each en­try dur­ing the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion’s Hol­i­day Hoopla Cookie Tour.

FILE PHO­TOS

The Hol­i­day Hoopla will in­clude a Christ­mas Pa­rade trav­el­ing through the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

FILE PHOTO

The Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will un­veil its lat­est train gar­den dis­play at the Hol­i­day Hoopla be­gin­ning at noon.

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