Parades can be a lot of fun for the entire family.
As the children are being entertained, the adults can socialize while trying not tonotice that everyone is sitting on identical lawn furniture purchased at the Price Club.
There are usually two types of parade-goers. The first group -- Professional Parade People -- always bring enough lawn chairs for the entire family, a blanket for the children to sit on and a cooler withjuice, fresh fruit and assorted aged cheeses. The PPPs always have sunscreen, film for their cameras and zoom lenses on their camcorders.
The second group -- my family -- has been going to parades since V-E day and still hasn't gotten it right. We're the family with one lawn chair for six people, a couple of beach towels laid out to resemble a blanket and a camera with either film or batteries, but never both. We usually miss most of the parade because we're standing in lineto purchase a can of soda for $1.27 or a plastic blow-up toy of the television character Steve Urkle waving a flag.
But as ill-prepared as we always are, it never manages to daunt our parade spirit. We still stand for the first American flag, cheer for the veterans, chasethe clowns for candy and pretend we know all the politicians personally. We're thrilled when the bands start to play just before they getto us and even more thrilled when they play John Philip Sousa and not a Bee Gees song.
Like the song says, "I love a parade."
Glen Burnie celebrated Memorial Day with a combination parade and fire muster Sunday. Antique and contemporary fire equipment went throughtown along with marchers, floats and
majorettes. Vintage automobiles, community groups and equestrians traveled the parade route to the reviewing stand in front of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association. The G.B.I.A. and the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Co. sponsored the event.
The day's activities started with the presentation of the first Richard Carter Memorial Award to Patricia Kasuda. Kasuda was honored for her service to the community as a nurse at North Arundel Hospital and her outstanding civic endeavors with the Church of Good Shepherd, the American Heart Association and Damascus House, a halfway house for substance abusers. She has worked in drug abuse rehabilitation and is an adviser to the county Drug and Alcohol Abuse program.
Kasuda was presented with a plaque and her name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall.
Judges issued several prizes to the participants in the parade. Fire equipment came from as far away as Level and Stevensville.
In the antique fire equipment category, awards were given for the following: Best Appearance (pumper), Friendship Fire Company; Best Appearance(non-pumper), Washington chief's car; Ambulance, Dana Ziegenhein; Hand-Drawn Equipment, Mike Brown; Oldest Equipment, Dana Hilliard.
The Kent Island Fire Department won several honors in the contemporaryequipment category, including Best Appearance (pumper), Ambulance and Best Overall Appearance. Best Appearance for a Support Unit went tothe Anne Arundel Alarmers.
The Elkridge Fire Department won for its brush unit, and the Landsdown company sent the greatest number of uniformed par
Traci Austin, Miss Anne Arundel CountyFire Prevention, won first place for the "Best Appearance by a Fire Prevention Queen."
The Disabled American Veterans Post 13 was honored for the greatest number of uniformed participants and for the Best Appearance by its Ladies Auxiliary. Veterans of Foreign War Post 434 of Marley won first place for its color guard.
A special judges'award was given to the Young Republicans for their presentation of the flag. This patriotic salute was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Jamie Love and Sgt. Ronald Randazzo, two county residents killed in the Persian Gulf war.
This was the first year that equestrians were part of the parade. The group from P.A.T.H. (Protect Arundel Trails for Horses) won two awards for Best Overall and costumes. Carl Files III, with his pony, Crackerjack, won Best Individual, and Nancy Andrews, Little Miss Ferndale, rode in the carriage that won first prize.
Apparently, Edgemere is a fun place to live because the Edgemere Moose Clowns won first prize.
Community award winners included Boy Scout Pack 672 of Severn, Anne Arundel Young Democrats and Cub Pack 725of
Glen Burnie. St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School won first place for the Best Float.
Glen Burnie Senior High band won first prize and $200 for its performance, and the GBSH Pom Squad also placed first.
The Pasadena Kadettes twirled to two awards for Best Overall Majorettes, Color Guard and Drum Corps.
Last year, someone asked Tammy Price if she wanted to be Miss Glen Burnie Fire Prevention, and that was that.