Parade to stay in East Baltimore

June 11, 1993|By Staff Report

The "I Am an American Day Parade" -- a longtime East Baltimore tradition that organizers had threatened to move to the Baltimore County to escape high city fees -- will remain in Baltimore after all, thanks to the Bank of Baltimore.

Chairman "Ed Hale said he would cut a check" to help pay fothe costs associated with the parade, said Sen. American Joe Miedusiewski, a Baltimore Democrat, who was involved in talks to keep the event here.

In January, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke instituted a policy undewhich groups are charged for the cost of providing police, sanitation and other municipal services for parades, festivals and other special events.

That would cost the "I Am An American Day Parade," which annually draws tens of thousands of people to the Patterson Park area, more than $13,000. The proposed charges prompted threats that the Sept. 12 event would be moved to Dundalk, where the cost would be less than $1,000, he said.

After organizers threatened to move the parade, the city reduced the fees to "several thousand dollars," Mr. Miedusiewski said.

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