Long tapped as grand marshal of Towson parade

Paralympic gold medalist to receive honor before homecoming football game

October 07, 2004|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long will serve as grand marshal for the Towson University homecoming parade on Saturday, Baltimore County officials announced today.

The parade is scheduled to begin at noon, kicking off a day of celebration dubbed "Revelry and Rivalry."

The procession will begin at Bosley and Allegheny avenues in downtown Towson, travel south on Washington Avenue, then west on Towsontown Boulevard to Towson University's Burdick Field.

Admission to Burdick Field is free, and Towson Tiger fans are invited to enjoy food, music, live entertainment and games, officials said.

At 3:30 p.m. on Burdick Field, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. is scheduled to participate in the "Revelry and Rivalry" children's read-aloud series.

Ahead of Towson's football game against the Rhode Island Rams, Smith is scheduled to appear at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at Johnny Unitas Stadium, where he plans to present Long with a special proclamation to honor Baltimore County's latest gold medalist.

Long, a 12-year-old from Middle River, is back home after winning three gold medals and setting two world records at the Paralympics, recently held in Athens, Greece.

Towson plays Rhode Island at 6 p.m. To conclude the day of celebration, a fireworks display is scheduled after the game, officials said.

October 7, 2004, 2:55 PM EDT

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