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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Staff Writer | February 18, 1993
The wearing of the green almost became the warring over green when city officials asked the St. Patrick's Day Parade to kick in more money for services.But the parade's organizers and City Hall have worked out an agreement that keeps the parade on its traditional route through the heart of downtown."They were super-cooperative," parade chairman James A. Jones said yesterday of city officials. "They cut us a deal, there's no doubt about it."The city, strapped for money, now asks organizers of special events to pay new and higher fees for services such as police, sanitation and traffic control.
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July 9, 2013
Fourth of July parades are a little bit of everything that defines an American community - bands, veterans, fire engines, dancers and, yes, politicians. The parades held on the nation's most patriotic holiday instill pride and provide a link to the past. We leave them glowing. Yet, we are also leaving them lately with a handful of coupons, handbills and business cards that were given out along the parade route by businesses with units in the parade. Some of these parade units are little more than rolling billboards for commercial enterprises making little, if any, effort at embracing the theme of the day. To some, it's more about brand enhancement than patriotism.
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July 13, 2011
For the third year running, I rode with my daughter on July 4 in the bicycle rush in the Towson Fourth of July Parade. Neighbors and unknown spectators cheered as she passed them. My heart swelled as these people encouraged her, telling her that not only is she safe, but has an important place in our community. Thank you, parade goers, for encouraging the children of the bicycle brigade. You are a legendary crowd! However, I am not happy about another legend of the 2011 parade.
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November 29, 2012
"What Christmas Means to Me" will happen in Aberdeen tomorrow! It will start with Breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The Craft Fair at Aberdeen Fire Department will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m., and lunch will be available. The Aberdeen Room Museum, at 18 Howard St., will have a special open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary. All are invited for refreshments from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. free of charge.
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By Pat Gilbert and Pat Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
After two years of being shut out of the Catonsville Fourth of July Parade, a gay veterans groups sought to use old-fashioned bargaining tactics to gain entry into this year's event.And it almost worked.Gay and Lesbian Veterans of Maryland Inc. applied for a parade permit a month before Catonsville Celebrations Committee, the group that has run the parade for 48 years.The veterans group thought that, if it applied first to march in the noon to 5 p.m. time the traditional parade has used, it would get approval over the parade committee.
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By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
Children who'd taken to picketing the Bel Air Volunteer Fire station demanding that fire trucks appear in the Fourth of July parade in Bel Air got their wish Thursday night.Volunteer fire officials and the parade committee reached a compromise over a simmering feud that had resulted in all fire departments pulling out of the event.About 30 pieces of firefighting equipment, including trucks and ambulances, will appear in the parade.The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Department will have the lion's share of that -- about 13 Bel Air fire department vehicles will appear in the annual parade, which draws about 50,000 spectators.
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June 23, 1992
July Fourth. The words evoke images of the red, white and blue snapping in the breeze; sparklers spewing white-hot drizzle; a succulent, crimson slab of watermelon. And now add this: the spluttering of parade committees engaged in turf battles.You're awaiting a show in the sky July Fourth. Get a load of the spectacle on the ground leading to it.* The Catonsville July Fourth parade committee has denied permission to a gay and lesbian veterans group that wanted to participate, fearing that its inclusion would turn off spectators and contributors.
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June 30, 1994
If the Catonsville Celebrations Committee ruled that an orderly and respectable group of people could not march in the local Fourth of July parade expressly because they were homosexual, that would be shameful enough.But when the celebrations committee says the Gay and Lesbian Veterans of Maryland cannot participate in next Monday's parade on Frederick Avenue because of their sexual orientation, the panel commits an even greater disgrace by displaying such ingratitude -- laced with bigotry -- toward former service men and women who were willing to risk their lives for their fellow citizens, including all the good citizens of Catonsville.
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By David Michael Ettlin and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer | March 18, 1993
Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which had been canceled by the Blizzard of '93, will be held after all, organizers said in a St. Patrick's Day announcement yesterday."
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1995
The Glen Burnie parade committee wanted a prototypal World War II infantryman, a "dogface" soldier, as grand marshal for its Memorial Day parade, and it got one in John R. McNeese.Mr. McNeese, 69, of Glen Burnie, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, two Air Medals and a Meritorious Service Medal during 27 years in the Army."I just never, ever, dreamed of anything like this happening," Mr. McNeese, who retired in 1971 as a master sergeant.
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July 13, 2011
For the third year running, I rode with my daughter on July 4 in the bicycle rush in the Towson Fourth of July Parade. Neighbors and unknown spectators cheered as she passed them. My heart swelled as these people encouraged her, telling her that not only is she safe, but has an important place in our community. Thank you, parade goers, for encouraging the children of the bicycle brigade. You are a legendary crowd! However, I am not happy about another legend of the 2011 parade.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2005
For Jackie Sims, it's been the Fourth of July since before Halloween. There are funds to raise, a grand marshal to find. Chairs to set up, a sound system to wire. Roads to close, coolers to fill - and marchers, musicians, costumed characters, convertibles, antique cars and fire trucks to line up, about 1,000 moving pieces in all. Staging the annual Towson Area Fourth of July Parade is a bit like hosting a political rally and inviting an amateur circus to march through it, with 75,000 people watching.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 30, 2003
Harford's three municipalities will step into the holiday spirit this weekend with parades and tree lightings. Standard fare for each event includes visits with Santa Claus and free hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies. And the one-a-day parade schedule will allow avid fans to watch all three. On Friday night, Havre de Grace's first-Friday-of-the-month activities, which include carriage rides and extended shopping hours, will be punctuated by the Christmas parade, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Karen Green of the county's Parks and Recreation Department said the town's annual event is unique because families are invited to march in the parade.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
The Fourth of July just won't be the same in Towson this year.The route for one of the county's oldest parades -- unchanged for almost a century -- is being altered to bypass York Road during a $4.3 million sidewalk-and-roundabout construction project, shifting 150,000 visitors from the main thoroughfare.And the dazzling fireworks display held for decades at Luskin's appliance store -- an alternative for many residents to the crowded display at Oregon Ridge -- is in jeopardy of fizzling now that the company has closed.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | May 3, 1995
The Glen Burnie parade committee wanted a prototypal World War II infantryman, a "dogface" soldier, as grand marshal for its Memorial Day parade, and it got one in John R. McNeese.Mr. McNeese, 69, of Glen Burnie, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, two Air Medals and a Meritorious Service Medal during 27 years in the Army."I just never, ever, dreamed of anything like this happening," Mr. McNeese, who retired in 1971 as a master sergeant.
NEWS
June 30, 1994
If the Catonsville Celebrations Committee ruled that an orderly and respectable group of people could not march in the local Fourth of July parade expressly because they were homosexual, that would be shameful enough.But when the celebrations committee says the Gay and Lesbian Veterans of Maryland cannot participate in next Monday's parade on Frederick Avenue because of their sexual orientation, the panel commits an even greater disgrace by displaying such ingratitude -- laced with bigotry -- toward former service men and women who were willing to risk their lives for their fellow citizens, including all the good citizens of Catonsville.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2005
For Jackie Sims, it's been the Fourth of July since before Halloween. There are funds to raise, a grand marshal to find. Chairs to set up, a sound system to wire. Roads to close, coolers to fill - and marchers, musicians, costumed characters, convertibles, antique cars and fire trucks to line up, about 1,000 moving pieces in all. Staging the annual Towson Area Fourth of July Parade is a bit like hosting a political rally and inviting an amateur circus to march through it, with 75,000 people watching.
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By Pat Gilbert and Pat Gilbert,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1994
After two years of being shut out of the Catonsville Fourth of July Parade, a gay veterans groups sought to use old-fashioned bargaining tactics to gain entry into this year's event.And it almost worked.Gay and Lesbian Veterans of Maryland Inc. applied for a parade permit a month before Catonsville Celebrations Committee, the group that has run the parade for 48 years.The veterans group thought that, if it applied first to march in the noon to 5 p.m. time the traditional parade has used, it would get approval over the parade committee.
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