Wednesday, 13 March 2013 13:27

    Named by a certain Mr. McShane after his ancestral hometown in Ireland, Dundalk will once again celebrate its ties to the Emerald Isle and its patron, St. Pádraig (that’s St. Patrick in Erse Gaelic, you know), with a parade on Saturday, March 16. The parade will start at the Logan Village Shopping Center at 11 a.m. and will follow a portion of the usual Independence Day parade route, passing a reviewing stand on Shipping Place near the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society Museum and ending at Heritage Park. Slated to appear in the parade:


1) Baltimore City Pipe Band led by Ed McFarland

2) Baltimore County Police Honor Guard – Sgt. Robert Czawlytko

3) Antique Fire Engine and 1970 Mercury Cougar owned by Bernard Schweigman

4) St. Pádraig – Larry Steele

5) Bruce Null and Steve Smith carrying the Fáilte Go Dún Dealgan banner

6) Honorary Grand Marshal - Lil Tirschman escorted by Irv Becker in 1976 Cadillac Eldorado, accompanied by Scott Gardner, Benjamin Mehr,Thomas Gardner, Princess Ashley, Prince Matthew Herman, and leprechauns Susan and Michelle

7) Parade Sponsor – Dundalk Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Luette escorted by Bob Barr in 1970 red convertible

8) Representing the Irish Embassy in Washington,  D.C. — Niall Brady, First Secretary, escorted by Sam Caravello in 1968 Cadillac

9) Baltimore County Precinct 12 — Capt. Jan Brown escorted by Buster Boyd in 1963 Ford Falcon

10) Grand Marshals — the McShane Family – Founding Family of Dundalk
    10a) Bagpiper Tom Ritter

11) Civil Air Patrol cadets led by Karl Lotvedt


1) Baltimore County Auxiliary Police Honor Guard led by Lt. A.L. Holliman

2) Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk Campus

3) Dundalk Renaissance Corp. — Janice Evans, Ralph Wickes with DRC banner, Jacqueline Murray and Recycling Awareness Program (RAP) members

4) Dundalk Florist – floral delivery van, flower bearers and leprechaun

5) Chick-Fil-A cow van — Molly Young and group

6) Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum – decorated trailer and car with Irish music

7) Relay for Life and Bark for Life with dog walkers

8) Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 451
    8a) Bagpiper Dan Lyden

9) Sen. Norman Stone
    9a) Squire’s Catering Truck – Amy and Richard Bell

10) Del. John Olszewski Jr.

11) 1996 Mustang owned by Michael Proctor

12) Dundalk Optimist Club — President Paul Kram and Secretary Shirley Panuska
    12a) Bagpiper Ed Kitlowski

13) Dundalk High School Music Department  –   Sonya Tapley, director


1) Dundalk American Legion Post 38 Honor Guard led by Roger Thibaudeau
    1a) Bagpiper Geoff Douglas

2) Nicholas J. Del Pizzo III

3) Clowns – Pat Stevenson and Clown Train

4) Girl Scouts of Central Maryland Chorus, with accordion accompaniment

5) Sollers Point Technical High School Float – Instructor Bill Lynch and students
    5a) Bagpiper Steve Brady

6) Irish American Club of Washington, D.C. – Chris Lynch
    6a) Joe Falbo – 2012 Dundalk Citizen of the Year and Heritage Fair Chairman
    6b) Vinny’s Restaurant – 1967 Ford Mustang driven by Vincenzo Scotto

7) Robert Long

8) Aisquith’s Sharpshooters – Buzz Chriest and unit

9) Shirley Darling Dancers – Kathy Lee
    9a) Bagpiper Duncan Moore, drummer David McDonough

10) Beannachtaí Na Féile Pádraig banner carried by Bruce Shaw and Kevin Garrity

11) Flag Bearers – Bob Crandell, Dennis McCartney

12) Pat and Joe Herman