July 4th parade “in serious trouble”

BY JACKIE CAMER

Takoma’s Independence Day parade canceled?

“We might have to cancel,” said president Gene Herman to his committee last Tuesday, “The current parade organizer is moving and we’ve unable to find a person or person to step in and replace her. Let’s give it a couple more weeks to find someone.”

The Takoma Park Independence Day Committee is  a small group of volunteers who work hundreds of hours each year to make the celebration a success, beginning their work in January and continuing to the day of the event.

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“I’ve been on this team for a long time, I can’t tell you how many years it’s been, but this is the first time we are in serious trouble. We are desperately seeking volunteers, even for the little things,” said president Herman.

The committee’s vice president Elliot Rosen said they need a handful of volunteer organizers right away.

The group needs volunteers that could:

• Arrange for required permits from the City and Montgomery County,

• Assemble, print, distribute parade order information, maps, etc. for division directors, and lists for the parade judges,

• Be available to assist judges during their deliberations immediately after the parade,

• Call parade winners, design and print certificates, mail prize money,

• Mail checks to paid bands,

• Arrange for storage of signs, food supplies, canopies, office supplies, firecracker float, old programs/maps, other re-usable supplies,

• Talk to reporters.

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The fireworks and evening program will continue without interruption as they have already been paid for. TPIDC is not part of the City of Takoma Park, however a grant covers about 40% of the totals cost of the celebration.

Volunteers can contact Gene Herman (gene511@aol.com) or Mary Anne Miles (m3sal@verizon.net).

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About the Author

Jackie Camer
Is a senior at Northwood High School. Currently she is editor of her high schools literary magazine. She plans to major in Communications and Media. When not writing, you can find her playing with her goldendoodle Sandy.