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Residents Search for the Perfect Parade Spot

Patriots looked for the best vantage point at the Bel Air Independence Day Parade.

Each year before the celebration, local residents stake out their spots on Main Street hoping to catch that prime view of the festivities.

Sandy Demczak, a Pylesville resident and owner of Main Street business Bel Air Hair Design, put a blanket out on Sunday afternoon in front of her store to save a spot for her and her friends.

“I pay the rent, so I want the space for me and my clients,” Demczak said.

Demczak couldn’t recall how long she had been doing it, but Barbara Ayd, a Bel Air resident, said that her family has put out chairs for as long as she can remember.

“For 15-plus years we have set our chairs out early,” Ayd said. This year was an exception as her family had gotten back from vacation early Monday morning.

“It’s just the thing to do in Bel Air,” she said.

Mary Kay Brooks, another Bel Air resident, said she had put chairs out for her family that morning while they visited the festivities at Shamrock Park.

“Last year we ended up back in the pack,” she said, noting the family didn't want to repeat that this year.

While Brooks had no worries about her chairs being stolen, Ayd said it did happen to her one year.

“They were nicewe were stupid,” she said. “They were probably in Ocean City the next day.”

Elizabeth (Lou) Creighton July 06, 2011 at 04:50 PM
We've been "chairing" ever since the parade in Bel Air has been in existence. Don't know exactly when that was but we had our '66 Malibu convertible in the '67 parade...so it goes back at least that far...Enjoyed this year's events - Pancake breakfast, Parade was great, units were kept tight, excellent job..congratulations to Don and the entire committee! We watched the fireworks from our deck, sippin' a cool Coors...Life in Bel Air is good! From all of us on Ewing Street, Loy and Lou Creighton, our family and friends...looking forward to Wed. July 4, 2012!! Loy, Lou Creighton, Family and Friends

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