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