Children, Animals and Santa—Calvert Loves a Parade

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Children, Animals and Santa—Calvert Loves a Parade

Prince Frederick, MD - 12/3/2012

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By Marty Madden

Parade announcer Barbara Stinnett said there have been so many Christmas parades in Prince Frederick that the sponsoring groups had no idea what “annual” number to attach to the 2012 event. Indeed, a yuletide parade in Prince Frederick is a holiday tradition that has been held in several Calvert venues—at least three different shopping centers have hosted it—with several different organizations handling stewardship. Recently, the parade has been organized by the Calvert Optimist Club and Calvert County Fair Board and has been held at Fox Run Shopping Center.

The 2012 Christmas parade Sunday, Dec. 2 attracted over 50 units—a blend of church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs—some with live animals—classic cars, motorcycles, a marching band, NJROTC students, emergency responders and their modernized vehicles, an equestrian group, local businesses, daycare centers, Elvis and a basketball team. The Calvert High School Girls Basketball Team served as the parade’s grand marshals, passing and dribbling their way past the reviewing stand.

Stinnett thanked local law enforcement for their effective and efficient traffic plan—all of the shopping center’s stores did business as usual while the parade was going on—and Calvert County Government employees who aided police in the implementation of the traffic plan.

All participants received a trophy for being a part of the 2012 parade.

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