Candy thrown from floats, hand-shaking politicians and kids in their best red, white and blue gear—it wouldn't be the Fourth of July without it.
Check out Patch's photos from the 2011 Kingsville Independence Day Parade here.
The holiday celebration begins at 10 a.m. on July 4 at the Bradshaw Road and Jerusalem Road intersection with free music and entertainment. At 10:50 a.m. the parade is expected to begin traveling from the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellvue Avenue to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Opening ceremonies begin at 11 a.m.
This year's parade theme, "From Sea to Shining Sea, We Celebrate Freedom," was created by Talia Maria, a 6-year-old Perry Hall resident and first grader at St. Stephen School. She won a $100 savings bond.
Parade participants will compete for several awards, including the best interpretation of the theme.
Longtime Kingsville resident Eleanor Huson has been chosen as the 2012 grand marshal, with Bruce McCubbin serving as master of ceremonies and Christina Massimei singing the National Anthem.
Bands are expected to include: Westminster Municipal, John Carroll High School, Baltimore City Pipe Band, Havre de Grace High School, Patterson Mill High School, Edgewood High School, Joppatowne High School, C. Milton Wright High School and Fallston High School
Sponsors include the following area businesses:
John and Kathy Brooks
Corbin Fuel Company
Carroll Independent Fuel Co.
Kingsville Plaza by Goettner Const. Co., Inc.
Fork Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kevin Doherty
Paul E. Feild, Jr. D.D.S.
Long Green Animal Dermatology Center,
Dr. Joseph Bernstein
|Sunshine Grille, LLC
Smith and Prothero Physical Therapy
Bay View Homecare
CRS Flooring America
Kingsville Auto Repair
Von Paris Moving and Storage
Budget Truck Rental
Maryland Portable Restrooms
Parade-goers are encouraged to donate to the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on their website, according to the parade announcement. Donations will support renovations to the existing facilities by spring of 2013.
Think you might want to participate in the parade? Contact parade chairperson Linda Alexander at 410-592-7385, and sign up by July 1.
What's your favorite Independence Day tradition? Tell us in the comments.