Like Us On Facebook! Kingsville, MD Independence Day Parade

At the triangle of Jerusalem, Bradshaw and Bel Air Roads Kingsville, Maryland

Held Annually for 37 Years

 

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017

 

NO RAIN DATE

2017 Theme:

Salute to America

 

2017 PARADE INFORMATION

2017 Parade Theme Winner: Jeremy Douglas

2017 Grand Marshal: Mr. Gill Thompson

The 2017 Grand Marshal is Gilbert Thompson, a longtime, community-involved Kingsville resident whose passion is for the Helping Hand Food Pantry.  This year’s theme winner, whose choice carries a prize of $100, is Jeremy Douglas, a 3rd grade student from Redeemer Classical Christian School. 

Festivities Begin at 10 AM

Maryland Air National Guard A-10 Fly-By During National Anthem

(Weather and Operationally Permitting)

The Greater Kingsville Civic Association, Inc. and The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company will sponsor our 37th consecutive year of the Kingsville Independence Day Parade on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. 

Pre-parade music and entertainment, sponsored by Reds Market and PNC Bank, begins at 10 a.m. at the Judge's reviewing stand at the corner of Bradshaw and Jerusalem Roads.  A fun-filled hour of entertainment features magician Bill Myers, the Baltimore City Pipe Band, the Oriole Bird, the Releve Dance & TwirlTasTix Baton Teams directed by Christine Zoll, Triangle Dedication by David Marks, and the E-Street Dance Academy directed by Amy Ferrigno.  The parade will kick off at 10:50 a.m. at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company on Bellevue Avenue (formation and line-up starts at 9:00 a.m.) and proceed down Bradshaw Road to Jerusalem Road and finish at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 

As usual, there will be NO RAIN DATE.  Bradshaw and Jerusalem Roads will be closed to traffic before 9:50 a.m. Like us on Facebook at (Kingsville, Maryland Independence Day Parade) to get up-to-date information for weather related announcements on parade day, if necessary.  The air conditioned facilities of St. John’s Episcopal Church will be open to parade spectators and arrangements for handicapped parking are available by contacting Karen at (410) 746-9813.  Grace Community Church, 11611 Bel Air Road will provide additional parking and be handing out complimentary water.

Opening ceremonies will be held at the Judge's reviewing stand beginning at 11:00 a.m. Bruce McCubbin is the Parade Master of Ceremonies, and Christina Massimei will sing the national anthem accompanied by the Aberdeen High School Band directed by Kaitlyn Wittman.  The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard will present the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance by our Maryland Air National Guard invitee.    

7 Bands Scheduled To Appear

Our lineup of bands scheduled to appear are the Baltimore City Pipe Band, and marching bands from Havre de Grace High School, John Carroll High School, Edgewood High School, C. Milton Wright High School, Aberdeen High School, and Patterson Mill High School.


SPECIAL EVENT THIS YEAR

Kingsville Triangle to be dedicated in memory of Edward "Doc" Sears

Edward & Geraldine SearsThe State Roads Commission voted earlier this year to dedicate the publicly-owned area of the Kingsville Triangle in honor of Edward “Doc” Sears. From 1952 to 1987, Sears operated the Kingsville Pharmacy at this location. The community landmark was bulldozed when the state of Maryland made improvements to the roads in the Kingsville area. Sears was a corpsman on the USS Karnes in World War II. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Maryland Pharmacy School, graduating in 1951. He was an active resident and community leader who was very involved in the annual Kingsville Independence Day parade.Kingsville Pharmacy


Categories of Entries

Entry Deadline is June 25

We invite your unit's entry in the Parade. Prizes are awarded in all categories and all entries are eligible to be judged and awarded a prize unless an exception is granted. The Judge's Awards include:  BEST INTERPRETATION OF THEME – 1st $150; 2nd $100 and 3rd $50; 17th Annual Mary Frances Sheppard Award for BEST ENTRY IN THE PARADE - $150 and Melvin C. Neuman Award under the fire apparatus – BEST APPEARING COMPANY IN PARADE.   The 7th Annual BUD HUSON AMERICAN PRIDE AWARD for the best band/musical entry in the parade. 

The DEADLINE for entries to be judged is June 25th.  For further information, please contact Linda Alexander, Parade Chairman at (410) 592-7385 or linda.alexander@kingsvilleparade.org.  Forms and other important information for entries can be downloaded HERE.

Awards will be announced and Trophies will be presented at the July 19th meeting of the Greater Kingsville Civic Association. Winners will be notified in advance and a list of winners will be posted on the Parade's website. 

 Entries are accepted and will be judged in the following categories:

              1        Marching Units

              2        Band/Musical Entry

              3        Antique Vehicles

              4        Equestrian (Individual)

              5        Equestrian (Group) –

              6        Family, Group or Individual Entry

              7        Young Set (Age 12 & under)

              8        Commercial Entries or Floats

              9        Non-Commercial Floats

            10        Fire Apparatus

                            Melvin C. Neuman Award for BEST APPEARING COMPANY IN PARADE

                            Best Appearing Engine

                            2nd Best Appearing Engine

                            Best Appearing Truck Company

                            Best Appearing Ambulance

            11         Recreational Vehicle

 Support Your Parade! Learn How HERE

Without the support and generous contributions of our parade, band, pre-parade sponsors and in-kind service providers, the Kingsville Parade could not be presented. We thank the sponsors of this year's Parade and urge everyone to patronize these community-minded folks, and, when you do, personally thank them for supporting the Parade.

 2017 Parade Sponsors

Jones Junction                                                      Parade Book Advertisers

Reds                                                                     Sunshine Grille, LLC

PNC Bank                                                              Smith and Prothero Physical Therapy

John and Kathy Brooks                                           Bay View Homecare  

Corbin Fuel Company                                             Dennis Kurgansky, M.D., P.A., Dermatology  

Kingsville Plaza by Goettner Const. Co., Inc.           and Dermatologic Surgery

Fork Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kevin Doherty             J.S.I. Automotive                                                      

Paul E. Field, Jr. D.D.S.                                          Kingsville Auto Repair

Long Green Animal Dermatology Center                   Von Paris Moving and Storage

Dr. Joseph Bernstein                                              Maryland Portable Restrooms    

Metro Talk                                                             G&M Automotive Sales and Service

 The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company Color Guard will enjoy an evening with the Ironbirds in Aberdeen, sponsored by Dave’s Tag and Title Service. 

  About The Kingsville Independence Day Parade

The Kingsville Independence Day Parade is a grass-roots effort to honor America’s freedoms and to provide a wholesome, family-friendly way to celebrate the holiday. The Parade is presented under the auspices of the Greater Kingsville Civic Association, Inc., the Kingsville Community Alliance, Inc. and the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company by the Friends of the Kingsville Parade. All Parade workers are volunteers, and the Parade is entirely self-sustaining through the generosity of individuals, local merchants, advertisers, and corporate sponsors. Contributions can include cash donations, display and patron advertising in the parade booklet, band sponsorships, and in-kind contributions from merchants and corporate sponsors.

The Parade’s modern incarnation began in 1980 when several members of the community joined together to reestablish a parade honoring the birthday of our nation. Since that time, a dedicated group of volunteers work year ‘round to plan and run the Parade.

A typical day at the Parade begins at the triangle formed by the intersection of Belair, Jerusalem and Bradshaw Roads with a pre-parade show featuring various local musicians, dancers, clowns and others. The Parade itself begins with the presentation of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Frequently, in recent years, the National Anthem has been enhanced by a fly-over of A-10 Thunderbolt jets from the Maryland Air National Guard.

The Parade itself typically features a diverse group of entries that includes marching bands, military units, antique cars and tractors, area volunteer and paid fire companies, local school and scouting groups, equestrian units, religious and civic groups, elected officials, political candidates, every kind of powered vehicle, and local merchants, just to name a few. Entries may compete for cash awards and trophies.

Each year’s parade is geared around a theme nominated by an area elementary school student, who is always an honored participant in the parade. Also, every year, a well-known local person is named Grand Marshal in recognition of long-standard service to the community.

We hope that you will join us at this year’s Parade!

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Click HERE For A Recap of the 2016 Parade

Click HERE For Photos of the 2016 Parade