Boonsboro marks holiday with parade

May 29, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

BOONSBORO - While other people are fishing, hiking and traveling to baton-twirling competitions, one little girl at a parade in Boonsboro Sunday said she plans to continue her education.

"I might go to the beach, and I'm going to learn to tie my shoes, of course," 7-year-old Sivan Menache said as the last part of the parade snaked past Main Street.

Sivan stood in neatly tied white sneakers, as she and her father, Isaac Menache, of Greencastle, Pa., joined hundreds of people in downtown Boonsboro to watch a parade commemorating Memorial Day.

Perched atop horses and waving from convertibles, parade participants littered Main Street with candy, as people on the sidewalks strained to take pictures of children and friends.


With two daughters representing Boonsboro schools in the parade, Shannon Flook, of Boonsboro, showed little enthusiasm for the event.

"It's fun for the three seconds they're walking by," Flook said.

Despite the summer heat, some of the parade watchers said they would rather be participating.

Eleven-year-old Paige Dutrow watched from the tree lawn as she and her mother, Diane Dutrow, of Boonsboro, waited for a float carrying her little brother to make its way past.

A baton twirler for six years, Paige said she enjoys walking in the parade.

"It's fun, but it can get tiring after awhile ... I like being in it, though," said Paige, who will be traveling to competitions this summer.

An avid fisherwoman, Alison Griffith sat behind the wheel of a boat representing Boonsboro Youth Bassmasters.

At 13, Alison said she does not drive the boat - yet.

"I just go with whoever will fish," Alison said as she sat waiting for the parade to start.

For Ari Ratzer, 22, of Florida, rest from hiking the Appalachian Trail was reason enough to come to Boonsboro.

A brown Labrador retriever tied to one of two huge rucksacks panted on the porch of a home along the parade route, as several people, including Ratzer, cleaned up the remnants of a yard sale.

Ratzer said the home's residents had shown him some kindness as he passed through.

"We're actually going to kick it with them, we're going to be chillin', but then we'll probably be heading out tomorrow morning," Ratzer said.

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