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For Jason Dugger, the Mayor’s Christmas Parade in Hampden perfectly epitomized Baltimore.
“It’s very traditional, but slightly askew,” said the 41 year old, visiting from New York.
The 42nd annual event on Sunday showcased an eclectic collection of marching bands, dancers, floats, giant balloons, “hons,” Star Wars characters and all manner of other performers.
Among them were Quintina Water and Denise Cameron, two of the parade’s longest running participants. The Baltimore Westsiders drum majors said they’ve taken part since 1986 and 1974, respectively.
The world can seem a menacing place, Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan says, one in which evil prevails as often as not. But just as a single, small light can be seen from afar, he says, a humble act of good will can dispel the darkness.
Kaplan will help light what organizers say is Maryland’s tallest menorah.”This parade is so beautiful,” Cooper said. “It puts you in the Christmas spirit.”
At the corner of the Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, steam rose from a pot of hot chocolate on a table in front of The Charmery.
Laura Alima, 35, owns the ice cream shop with her husband, David, He was marching in the parade as one of the “Boys of Hampden,” a group of businessmen who posed scantily clad for a calendar for charity.
Alima and employee Margaret Hurley said the store had sold gallons’ worth of $3 hot chocolates ($4 with Tahitian vanilla marshmallows).
Nikki Bass, 33, of Towson, wore a wreath skirt adorned with crabs and an Old Bay label, candy cane leggings and Ugg boots decorated as gingerbread houses.
The 2015 HonFest winner’s outfit, she said, was an ode to David DeBoy’s song, “Crabs for Christmas.”
“I liked seeing Hampden outside of the Avenue,” she added. “We always go there to shop, but it was nice seeing people out on their stoops.”
Missing, for the second year, was the mayor herself. Stephanie Rawlings Blake was returning from the Paris climate talks late Sunday afternoon. A spokesman said she was “disappointed” she wasn’t able to attend the parade or Sunday night’s Menorah lighting in the Inner Harbor.
“She hopes both events were enjoyed by many people, and she looks forward to participating in a number of holiday events in the coming weeks,” spokesman Howard Libit said.