Old, new equipment will highlight parade 1951 pumper joins its successor GLEN BURNIE

April 14, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

John Stumpf III is grooming his old fire engine these days, making sure that old Glen Burnie engine No. 332 is ready to roll with the volunteer fire company's new No. 332 in the community's Memorial Day parade.

"I've restored it back to the way I remember it when I was in the Fire Department," Mr. Stumpf said.

The 1951 red Ward LaFrance pumper holds sentimental value for its owner. "It was the first one I rode to a fire," Mr. Stumpf, 45, recalled. "I must have been 16 when I first joined."

The old No. 332 has just been refurbished to meet current fire engine safety standards.

Both will be among dozens of vehicles in the sixth annual parade, sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association (GBIA), an event that grows every year.

"We'll probably get 600 to 650 participants. We bribe them with good will and patriotic spirit and stuff like that," said Joe Corcoran, parade chairman.

Last year's parade had about 500 marchers from 68 organizations. Mr. Corcoran estimated that some 75 groups will take part this year. He remained determined to keep the parade shorter than 2 hours for the benefit of the thousands of people expected to attend.

The parade will start at 2 p.m., May 30 at Crain Highway near Aquahart Road, travel north on Crain Highway, turn right onto Post 40 Road, and continue onto the GBIA carnival grounds. Antique cars and the old fire engines will remain on display there, while marching units will disband, Mr. Corcoran said.

Groups that have agreed to be in the parade include 120 Boy Scout troops, bands from Glen Burnie and North County high schools, 17 Shriners units -- some with horses -- from throughout the Baltimore area, the Blue Angels youth band from Freetown, several fire companies, many antique vehicle owners, a few churches and the 32nd District Democratic Club. Participants will receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of the Post 40 American Legion, Mr. Corcoran said.

The cutoff date for parade registration is May 10, so Mr. Corcoran can organize marchers into the red, white and blue groups. But nobody will be turned away for registering late or even for just showing up the day of the parade, Mr. Corcoran said. Participants will vie for first and second place plaques in a dozen categories.

What Mr. Corcoran doesn't have yet is a grand marshal, though he said he has someone in mind.

Riding behind the grand marshal in the parade will be the winner of the third annual Richard Carter Memorial Award, given to someone who demonstrated concern for the Glen Burnie community through community involvement. Mr. Carter, who died in 1990 at the age of 64, was "instrumental in getting the parade going again," said his widow, Muriel Carter, president of the GBIA.

New this year, the GBIA will donate $100 to the nonprofit organization of the winner's choice.

A traditional Memorial Day parade fell by the wayside in the early 1980s, but was revived in 1988, Mrs. Carter said. Mr. Carter had fought to keep the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company alive and was an active member of St. Alban's (Episcopal) Church.

Nominations are due in to the GBIA by May 3. Nominees must live in either Glen Burnie ZIP code, 21060 and 21061. Entries should state in 500 words or less what community services the nominee has been involved with and explain why the person deserves the award. The GBIA also has a form that can be filled out in lieu of the letter. About 12 nominating letters have been received, Mrs. Carter said.

The carnival grounds will be the site for the second community picnic, which will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Egg races, sack races and other family games will be free. There will be a charge for kiddie and pony rides. Refreshments will be available for purchase inside the GBIA hall and outdoors.

For information on participating in the parade, to obtain a nominating form for the Richard Carter Memorial Award, or for other information, people may call Mr. Corcoran at the GBIA office at 766-6760, or write: GBIA Parade Committee, P.O. Box 214, Glen Burnie 21060.

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