St. Patrick's parade lacked Ravens band

March 19, 2013

My compliments to the organizers of the recent Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade ("Thousands line Baltimore Streets for St. Patrick," March 11). It was a great parade, but it was missing one key ingredient: the Ravens marching band — Baltimore's Marching Ravens — was nowhere to be seen!

The band and its well-known predecessor, the Colts' Marching Band, has been a staple in this St. Patrick's Day parade for many years. Yet on a beautiful, sunny day, in the year when the Ravens actually won the Super Bowl and the band would have been resoundingly cheered, they were missing. At the end of the parade, everyone was asking, "Where was the Ravens Band?" Does anyone know the reason that the band didn't march in the parade?

Dan Phelan, Baltimore

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