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Weather nice for 84th Annual Alsatia Mummers Parade

November 01, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

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HAGERSTOWN - People crowded the streets of Hagerstown Saturday night, some hanging out of windows and others crowded into restaurants and storefronts as the 84th Alsatia Mummers Parade made its way along Potomac Street.

Tammy Jacobs of Smithsburg remembers the Mummers Parade from her childhood, she said before the start of Saturday's festivities. What she remembers is being bundled in blankets and drinking hot chocolate, she said.

Saturday's parade-goers had no need for blankets, and the hot chocolate was optional as people wandered around wearing T-shirts and, in some cases, shorts, because of unseasonably warm temperatures. According to Accuweather.com, it was about 60 degrees in Hagerstown during the parade.

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Jacobs brought her children, 23-month-old Taylor Herndon and 9-year-old Zachary Marsee. Neither had been to the Mummers Parade before.

Zachary was swinging around a glow stick purchased from one of the vendors, and said the music was his favorite part of parades.

Vendors were selling everything from cotton candy and candy apples to glow sticks and pacifiers that glowed in the dark.

The area's law enforcement led the parade, followed shortly after by Girl Scouts, Alsatia Club officials and tiny gymnasts in purple.

Humane Society of Washington County volunteers walked along with dogs that tried to make friends with people in the crowd, and were followed by dancers performing moves choreographed to the song "Who Let the Dogs Out."

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, the entire city council, the Washington County Commissioners, U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., and Miss Maryland Laura Brown all rode in cars or floats early in the parade.

A small gaggle of girls corrected another pageant winner's wave, and told another they liked her tiara.

The University of Maryland Marching Band got one of the biggest cheers Saturday night as it went dancing its way down the parade route.

Kaelynn Kunkle, 7 months, waved her arm in the air and bounced in a family friend's arms as the bands marched along.

Some local Girl Scouts dressed in some of the most creative costumes, marching along as boxes of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and shortbread cookies. The scouts were outdone by a woman dressed as a picnic, with a table around her waist and oversize plates and cupcakes attached to the yellow tablecloth that was draped around her.

Anna Yost was dressed as Miss Piggy for the parade. Dressing up makes it more festive, she said. Yost and her family watch the parade every year, she said. Her daughter, Jamie Grant, and grandchildren were with Yost Saturday.

Granddaughter Aiyanna Jackson, 11, said she liked when the Clear Spring Middle School band marched by.

"They were good," she said. "I saw my friends."

Yost's grandson, Drake Fignar, 7, talked with cotton candy plastered all over his face.

Drake likes "everything" in a parade, he said.

Jamey Nystron lives downtown and watches the Mummers Parade every year because she "can't get around it," she said. This year, she had another reason to watch as her son, Liam, was carrying the flag for E. Russell Hicks Middle School's band.

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