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July 01, 1993|By Angela Winter Ney | Angela Winter Ney,Staff Writer

In yesterday's Anne Arundel editions of The Sun, an incorrect day of the week was listed in a story about the Greater Severna Park Fourth of July parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3.

-! The Sun regrets the edrrors.

Joe Crigger was out working in the humidity yesterday, making his own personal rocket for the Fourth of July.

The concoction of Christmas tree boxes and cardboard tubes won't go up with a bang this weekend, he said, but the "spaceship" float will promote the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce in the Severna Park Independence Day Parade.

"It's about 18 years since I've done a float," said Mr. Crigger, the owner of Crib N Cradle in Park Plaza. "But it's to promote community spirit. I've always attended the parade, and it's always a big success."


The community's 19th annual parade hits several buttons at once. The event brings out patriotism and community spirit, with local communities putting together elaborate floats.

Last year, dozens of community groups were represented among about 50 floats, cars and "walking entries" in the parade.

That number is expected to increase by at least 15 entries this weekend, said Linda Zahn, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event.

"It appears it's the biggest parade ever," said Ms. Zahn. "Our theme, 'Children Are Our Future,' brought a lot of interest."

Mr. Crigger said his gray and white rocket ship, with a Challenger space shuttle theme, focuses on the next frontier of space. Children dressed in costumes will represent a variety of options for their futures, such as a police officer or doctor.

"It doesn't look quite like the Challenger," he said, looking at a picture of the real thing, "but with a little imagination, it will."

The parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, also provides advertisement for community enterprises. Dozens of businesses will show up at McKinsey Road and Old Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to tout their products -- and their elaborate floats.

The parade and following festival aren't all commercial, however. Only nonprofit groups may set up booths at the post-parade event at Park Plaza, where floats are judged and displayed, and no duplicate booths are allowed, said Ms. Zahn.

The chamber considers it something of a feat that so many neighborhoods have been drawn to the parade, said Ms. Zahn.

The parade "works here because we encourage it," she said. "We promote it heavily; we go out of our way. It doesn't just happen."

The chamber, which represents more than 150 members, including businesses from Severna Park, Millersville, Arnold and Pasadena, hopes events such as the parade will unify an area that lacks a town center.

Recently, the chamber began sponsoring local artists and souvenirs bearing the community name, such as note cards, mugs and shirts, to foster "community spirit."

For the parade, the chamber holds separate judging categories to increase the number of winners and also maintains a plaque at the Severna Park library with a list of yearly community parade winners.

If you have questions about the parade, call Jean Zemo, $H 647-1094; Penny Hopkins, 647-2575; or Linda Zahn, 987-6625. To be part of the festival, call Nancy Cheesman, 647-0198.

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