Kingsville Independence Day Parade Has a 'Community Feel'
Hundreds lined Bradshaw Road in Kingsville during its 31st annual parade.
Despite months of planning, the Kingsville Independence Day Parade always includes a bit of "improvisation," said Bruce McCubbin, master of ceremonies.
Last-minute adjustments add to the parade's character, McCubbin said. "This is a community parade put on by community folks. It has a real community feel."
Hundreds of spectators lined Bradshaw Road in Kingsville on Monday morning. They hailed from as near as Perry Hall, Harford and Baltimore County and as far as Pennsylvania.
Shane Burke, a Bel Air resident, said he enjoys the small-town atmosphere.
"We always like it here—they have candy. It's short and to the point. It's not 800 fire trucks like Bel Air," Burke said.
Mackenzi Preston, 6, of Kingsville said she never misses the local parade.
"You get candy," Preston said. "I like that you can be in it, maybe sometimes."
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, who walked in the Towson parade before traveling to Kingsville, said the event allowed him to meet new constituents.
Based on revised district maps, expected to take effect in 2014, a larger portion of Kingsville will be included along with Perry Hall, Marks's home area.
"Kingsville is a very conservative, patriotic community. I look forward to representing it," Marks said.