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Hundreds celebrate season at town’s parade

North Beach Holiday Parade 2017
North Beach, MD - The bayside town of North Beach got its holiday season rolling amid great pageantry Saturday, Dec. 3 with the much-anticipated Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade. The units began the march up Bay Avenue around high noon, participating in what arguably was the town’s longest parade ever.

Former Chesapeake Beach Town Councilwoman Jo Finch was the parade’s grand marshal. Finch earned the moniker “Mother Christmas” many years ago when she led the effort to add to that town’s holiday season lighting. The whole Twin Beach area is now a destination point for motorists seeking bright, glowing displays during the Christmas season.

Hundreds lined the sidewalks and the town boardwalk and the units—over 100 estimated—rolled past in review as Twin Beach native and Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary George Owings, in his familiar role as master of ceremonies, acknowledged each participant.

In addition to several local elected officials, the marchers and riders included local Scouts, church and youth groups, animal welfare organizations, local businesses, popular area performers, librarians—cleverly maneuvering rolling book carts—costumed characters, classical cars and martial arts students. Live music was performed by the Northern High School Marching Band and the Windy Hill Middle School Band.

Riding high atop a North Beach Volunteer Fire Department truck, Santa Claus arrived at the boardwalk pavilion to get the post parade festivities underway. With the pavilion’s tree officially lighted the night before, the 2017 Christmas Season is officially underway in North Beach.

This was the 11th year a holiday parade was held in North Beach. Six years ago the parade was renamed to honor the memory of Pat Carpenter, one of the founders of the Beach Business Group.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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