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Prince Frederick parade is a longtime Holiday tradition


Carol M. Porto was the 2018 parade's grand marshal.

Prince Frederick, MD - It wouldn’t be Christmas in Calvert County without an early December Sunday parade. The 60-year tradition continued Sunday, Dec. 2 at Fox Run Shopping Center. Locals, some with lawn chairs, gathered to review the units. The parade is sponsored by the Optimist Clubs of Calvert County and the Calvert County Fair Board. In addition to the shopping center, the parade is made possible through the efforts of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and Calvert County Department of Public Works.

The founder and operator of the Porto Treatment Center, Carol M. Porto, served as the parade’s grand marshal. Joyce Baki was the emcee, announcing from atop a double decker bus provided by Prince Frederick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.

Parade units included members of Calvert 4-H, Scouts, equestrians, Calvert High School Marching Band, several church groups, vehicles of every size—including farm tractors, fire trucks, ambulances, work vehicles, the sheriff’s office’s mobile command vehicle, classic cars and floats—marchers from the American Legion and NJROTC and local businesses.

The parade came to its traditional conclusion—Santa Claus rode past the Fox Run stores, waving to the cheering crowds.
Fox Run Shopping Center is the latest venue for the annual parade in Prince Frederick. At one time the units traveled on Route 2/4 and Main Street.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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