Baltimore Included in USA Today Poll of Nation’s 20 Best Holiday Parades

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The annual Christmas parade along Falls Road and the Avenue is getting some national hype – but is it better than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade?

The answer is yes, according to current results for a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade, now in its 45th year, is included on a list of the 20 best holiday parades around the country. As of Tuesday afternoon, voters have put Hampden/Medfield at fourth place, behind only Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, Portland’s Christmas Ship Parade and America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.

“For the last 44 years, business associations in Baltimore’s Hampden and Medfield neighborhoods have sponsored the annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade,” a blurb on the poll website reads. “The procession along a 2.5-mile parade route includes floats, local TV personalities, a steam calliope, marching bands, Santa and more than 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles.”

The parade reaches 25,000 spectators annually, according to the event’s official website. Local merchants and community associations sponsor it, welcoming a cascade of marching bands, floats and emblems of holiday cheer (yes, including Santa) through the two North Baltimore neighborhoods on the first Sunday every December.

Baltimore’s Mayor’s Parade isn’t the only Maryland event on the list. Annapolis’ Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is currently ranked seventh, right behind the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Other recognizable ones include Alexandria’s Holiday Boat Parade (eighth), Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade (11th) and the Hollywood Christmas Parade in Los Angeles (20th).

If only USA Today could include the Miracle on 34th Street spectacle as part of the package, first place might be already in the bag.

Voting runs through Dec. 3, which happens to be the same day as this year’s Christmas Parade. As the Hampden Community Council wrote on Facebook, “Let’s show some Baltimore pride and vote!”

Click here to cast yours.

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Ethan McLeod

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Ethan is Baltimore Fishbowl's associate editor. He previously covered Baltimore-area news as a web producer for Fox45/WBFF-TV. Before arriving in Baltimore, he worked as an assistant editor for CQ Researcher in Washington D.C., and a reporter for Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. Look for his freelance bylines in Baltimore City Paper and DCist.
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