Glen Burnie parade plan dropped

February 04, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer

Glen Burnie will have to wait at least until 1995 to get its Macy's-style Preakness parade.

The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is abandoning plans for a May 15 parade, saying it has no sponsor for the $250,000 event, could not organize it in time and had not worked out traffic matters.

Because of the interest many businesses showed in the prospect of a parade in Glen Burnie, however, the group left open the prospect of trying again next spring.

The decision to abandon plans for this year was announced late yesterday afternoon. No one from the chamber was available to comment.

"Logistical concerns include traffic control, utilities and sponsorship," said a letter signed by Dan Boyd, president of the business group.

"It was really a question of time running out," said Donna Leonard, director of the Maryland Preakness Committee Inc. She said it would take at least six months to organize the kind of lavish parade the business group had hoped for.

"The parade was just unrealistic for 1994, she said."

The chamber had hoped to send marchers north on Ritchie Highway from Marley Station mall to Furnace Branch Road. That section of the highway would have been closed to traffic for several hours.

The business group also has been working with Baltimore-Washington International Airport officials to plan a 10-kilometer footrace the morning of May 15. Ms. Leonard said the race remains under consideration.

She said she and Chamber of Commerce officials will meet next week to discuss that event and what other Preakness-related events might be planned for Anne Arundel County.

The Preakness committee, which could not find a sponsor last year for a parade in Baltimore, is hoping to revive the city parade, which had been an annual event since 1973.

The committee is trying to spread Preakness events around the state during Preakness Week, the week before the race.

The Arundel chamber's parade would have come a week before the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's Memorial Day Parade on May 22. That event, run on a shoestring budget, traditionally includes high school bands, veterans groups and Scout troops.

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