The Bel Air Independence Day Committee announced it has extended the deadline for submission of applications to join the Bel Air Fourth of July Parade until Friday, June 22.
"We've had a lot of really great applications so far," said Parade Chairman Michael Blum, who is running his 20th consecutive Bel Air parade, said in a news release, "but many of the people I've been talking to say they need more time to get their plans together. We're happy to allow them more time, because we're interested in having the very best parade possible."
On-line applications to join the parade, along with all of the event's rules and other information, are available at the committee's website, http://www.belairjuly4.org. The website also contains information on the entire day of July 4 events planned in Bel Air.
Parade entries can take the form of marching units, mobile units or floats, comic and novelty acts, antique vehicles, or equestrian units, among others. For groups interested in being a part of the parade but lacking a large vehicle to tow their float, a limited number of vehicles are available.
Parade entrants are strongly urged to decorate their units appropriate to the patriotic event, and in keeping with this year's theme: "Land of the Free." The Bel Air Independence Day Committee wants to make sure that each unit reflects the spirit of the celebration with flags, banners, signs, or other patriotic displays.
As always, the parade also will feature the traditional assortment of bands from both near and far.
"As of right now, we're looking at 20 bands, including a terrific collection of local high school bands, and some very proficient out-of-town or even out-of-state bands," Blum said. "I'm happy to announce that the Philippine Heritage Band from Toronto will again be with us!"
According to Blum, local high school marching bands already booked include Bel Air High School, C. Milton Wright High School, Edgewood High School, Fallston High School, Havre de Grace High School, Joppatowne High School, John Carroll School and Patterson Mill High School.