Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:42

Dundalk Heritage Parade to mark Star-Spangled anniversary

 by Nicole Rodman

    The 80th annual Dundalk Heritage Parade is ready to hit the streets of Dundalk.
    Hosted by the Optimist Club of Dundalk, the parade is sponsored by the Heritage Association of Dundalk and the Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee.
    The theme for this year’s parade is “Our Flag Is Still There (1814 – 2014).”
    According to parade chairperson Pat Herman, the theme “was chosen to celebrate the 200th anniversary of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and to tie in with the activities commemorating the War of 1812 the past few years.”
    The parade will depart from the Logan Village Shopping Center at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, July 4, and follow the traditional route through Dundalk.
    As usual, the parade will be led by a convoy of fire engines and emergency equipment from around the area.
    The parade will also include the usual slate of political leaders, including U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, U.S. Rep. C.A “Dutch” Ruppersberger, state Sen. Norman Stone, state delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick, Michael Weir Jr. and John Olszewski Jr., Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and County Councilman John Olszewski Sr.
    The parade will also include a number of political candidates in advance of this November’s general election.
    Optimist Club Citizen of the Year  and community activist Angel Ball will serve as the parade’s grand marshal while Humanitarian of the Year Tom Shouldice, principal of Dundalk High School, will serve as honorary grand marshal.
    Masters of ceremonies for this year’s parade will include Bill Barry, retired CCBC labor studies program director, Mike Lewis, United Steelworkers Local 9477 financial officer, and community activist Arkia Wade.
    As in years past, parade participants will be judged in a variety of categories.
    Parade judges will include former delegate Robert Staab; John Ayres, former president of the Norwood-Holabird Civic Association; Katie Grover, pastor of Patapsco United and Lodge Forest United Methodist Churches; Laura Thurston, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce 2014 Outstanding Educator; and Jennifer Hamilton, retail bank manager at M&T Bank.
    The parade will also include the usual array of marching bands, including the Baltimore Marching Ravens Band, color guards and floats from local businesses and civic groups.   
    Herman noted that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flyover will not be held this year due to budget cuts. Budget cuts also forced the cancellation of last year’s flyover.
    Following the parade, the annual Dundalk fireworks display will be held at about 9:15 p.m. on the grounds of Grange Elementary School near the North Point Government Center.
    For more information on the parade and fireworks display, visit www.dundalkheritagefair.com.


80th Annual Dundalk Heritage Parade lineup

Friday, JULY 4
Kickoff Division starts 8:15 a.m.
Logan Village Shopping Center