40,000 expected for festivities in Havre de Grace

June 27, 1993|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

Havre de Grace, population 9,000, is expected to draw more than 40,000 spectators for the historic waterfront town's 43rd annual Fourth of July extravaganza this week.

Festivities open at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a six-day carnival in Tydings Park, and the highlight comes Saturday with a 9:15 p.m. fireworks display over the water.

Once again, the display by Fireworks Productions LTD will be set to patriotic and pop music played by local disc jockey Jeff Thompson.

Organizers say the half-hour fireworks display can easily be seen from many vantage points, especially the sloping hillside in Tydings Park, which faces the Chesapeake Bay, and from boats anchored offshore.

The rain date for the fireworks display is July 5.

Another attraction is Saturday's three-hour parade, starting at 3 p.m. at Legion Square at the north end of the city. It proceeds south on Union Avenue to Tydings Park.

About 100 entries are expected, including four mainstays -- the marching high school bands from Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, John Carroll and C. Milton Wright.

Parade newcomers this year include the Warwick Majorette and Drum Corps from Hamilton, Bermuda; Teen Tour, 175 strong from Burlington, Ontario; and the Philippine Heritage Band from Toronto.

The parade also features a carousel organ and a 35-foot tank replica balloon from Aberdeen Proving Ground. Organizers say they'll use $700 worth of helium to inflate it.

Members of the Joseph L. Davis American Legion Post 147 Ladies Auxiliary will serve as parade grand marshals.

The affair is planned by about a dozen members of the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration Committee Inc.

"We're always looking for new members to help carry on this tradition," says Carolyn Narvell, parade co-chair with Edward DiMauro.

Mainstays among the organizers include Carol Loeblein, committee president, and Barry Bomboy, parade marshal.

Between Saturday's parade and fireworks, a 7 p.m. concert in Tydings Park will feature country singer "Misty" and the pop-rock band Jam Trax. The carnival opens each weekday evening at 7 p.m. and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until midnight.

One-price specials for unlimited rides cost $9.95 per person except for Saturday, when the cost is $12.95 per person.

Carnival-goers can cut the cost by $2 if they clip coupons appearing inlocal newspapers.

Staging such a production does tend to burn out organizers, says Mrs. Narvell, a lifelong Havre de Grace resident.

Looking ahead to next year, she says a plan to replace the committee with a new city commission would not increase the $40,000 cost of the celebration.

"We'll still hold fund-raisers and be looking for donations," she says.

It's part of the tradition, as is scrambling for a parking space.

"There's no special parking area. Any legal space on city streets is OK," says Mrs. Harvell.

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