Everyone loves a parade

CHESTERTOWN — After weekend after weekend after weekend of rain, Mother Nature smiled on Chestertown with clear skies and warm temperatures for its annual Tea Party Festival, May 24-26.

It’s no longer the case that one event overshadows another, though the Saturday morning parade down High Street remains a crowd favorite.

This year there were about two dozen entries, including an appearance by Washington College President Mike Sosulski, dressed in Colonial-era garb, and the debut of the Delmarva United Marching Band led by drum major emeritus Mark Mumford.

All told, Mumford and company — musicians, baton twirlers, color guard and others — numbered 54.

They received the Mayor’s Cup for overall best appearing entry.

We’re told that this may not have been a one-and-done performance, and that the Delmarva United Marching Band is being courted for the Fourth of July parade in Rock Hall.

Environmentalist/conservationist Ford Schumann, who proudly proclaimed that he “used trash to create jobs” when he initiated curbside recycling in Chestertown and other areas on the Mid-Shore more than 30 years ago, led the parade as grand marshal.

Also of note, Steve Quigg, head chef and owner of The Kitchen at the Imperial on High Street in Chestertown, was enthusiastically applauded by his staff as he received the Edna Ross Award for outstanding service to the community. The Kitchen’s staff showed up in force for their boss and good-naturedly waved cardboard cut-outs with his face on them.

Printed here are the parade prize-winners.

Mayor’s Cup, overall best appearing entry ($125): Delmarva United Marching Band.

Floats: Kent School, first ($50); and ShoreRivers, second (35).

Marching units: $50 Chesapeake Caledonian Pipes and Drums, first ($50); 4th Company Brigade of Guards, second ($35); and 1st Battalion New Jersey Volunteers, third ($35).

Bands: Kent County High School Brigade of Blue marching band, first ($50); and Centreville Middle School marching band, second ($35).

Riding, walking units: Line Dancing with Minnie, first ($50); and Chestertown Christian Academy cheerleaders, second ($35).

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2 Responses

  1. Ms McGee.
    Thank you for enumerating the winners, it compliments your photographs in telling the full story of the parade.
    PS: Ditto on the excellent.

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