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PHOTOS: White Marsh Holiday Parade Rings in Season

Thousands gathered for the Christmas parade Saturday morning on the Avenue at White Marsh.

Santa gave his reindeer a rest Saturday morning—the jolly old elf traveled atop a White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company engine through the Avenue at White Marsh. 

It was the 14th Annual White Marsh Holiday Parade's final attraction, after a steady stream of high school marching bands, community organizations, local businesses, dance troops, police and fire crews and politicians. 

Add your photos from the parade to the gallery. Tell us about your favorite parade entry in the comments.

Check out our gallery of cute kids and pets at the White Marsh parade here. 

Nicole K. December 01, 2012 at 09:52 PM
This parade is always a nice event. My favorite entry is that of the Boumi Temple, and I appreciate that they can highlight all they do for kids. I do have a suggestion for the parade, however. While The Avenue is a public place, this event draws lots of children. Today, a woman decided to stand behind me and smoke. I'm 9 months pregnant and had my 1.5 year old son with me next to friends who had their little kids. I turned around to see where the smoke came from, and she started yelling at me saying it is a public place... I asked her to move because the smoke was coming my way. If people want to end their lives on oxygen tanks and spend thousands a year on cigarettes, I'm not about to take that right away from them, but I wish that for events like this or at Honeygo Park, there would be limits on where people can smoke. People are clearly not being respectful, and cigarette smoke is a drug I would rather my kids and I not share with them. Perhaps The Avenue could create a smoking area and put up signage for future events. If it was just a regular day, we would have walked away from her and other smokers. But since everyone is there in close quarters trying to see the parade, this makes it different.
Grace B. December 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Nicole, I totally agree with you. And, the behavior of that woman truly exemplifies the low class population that has overrun White Marsh, The Avenue and, quite frankly, most of Baltimore County.
Tim December 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
You make it sound like it's a county problem. It's not. It's a nationwide problem unfortunately.
Evets December 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Tim, if you are referring to the lack of common courtesy and civility and the overall "me first" attitude of our devolving culture, I agree.
Brenda Blackwell December 02, 2012 at 02:14 PM
If NYC can ban smoking in Times Square, Baltimore can do something about people who smoke around children at family events and playgrounds.
John Doe December 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
We can also do without the 'low class' van that has the sticker of the little football player pissing on a Bengals and Browns football helmet. Nothing says 'Christmas' like pissing on a football helmet. Also, the pin-up picture called 'Cherry Bomb' is also a Christmas classic.
Tim December 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Evets : Yes, this is what I was referring to.
Tim December 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
They really should have banned that flaming baton thing one dance studio brilliantly decided was a good idea. Then when one of the flaming ends wnet FLYING out from the baton, onto a parade patron's blanket - and taking a couple minutes to put out...what do they do? According to my wife, replace it with another one. Just brilliant stuff.
Nicole K. December 03, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I agree with all of you. There were a number of things in this year's parade that could be addressed. The van, the way they handled the batton incident, some of the crowd behavior (i.e. smoking), etc.
Jeanne December 03, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I smelled a cigar smoker near me and figured the person was just a heavy smoker and thats why I was smelling it but no he was smoking. I actually waved the air were the smoke was to behind the crowd and he got mad at me and blew the smoke directly in my direction. I walked away to infront of the store next to Starbucks. If I had had children with me I would have asked them to please smoke somewhere else away from the crowd.
Nicole K. December 05, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I'm sorry to hear that he did that, Jeanne. How "classy" of him. Why can't people be more respectful of others? I would have moved, too, but I there was a group of us, and I'm 9 months pregnant, so we had a nice space with a bench. This woman was being rude as was the guy with the cigar. I like the comment that if other jurisdictions can ban outdoor smoking in public places for events or at parks like Times Square, Baltimore County certainly can.
Jeanne December 06, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I agree Nicole a group of people can't move. The woman should have walked away. Congratulations on your baby!!!! Sounds like you will have a December baby!! My birthday is 3 days after Christmas & my great niece has hers the same day. Hopefully The Avenue will have smoking areas behind the buildings leaving the front smoke free for people.

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