• Carolina Gold Marching Unit

• White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps from upstate New York.

Sirens from the emergency vehicles of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department, the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department and Baltimore County's Halethorpe Fire Department added to the sounds of the celebration.

Another unit making noise was the souped-up pickup truck that was part of the Arbutus Athletic Association's Golden Eagles football and cheerleading program.

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"It's great. The kids loved it," said the truck's driver, Brendon Twilley, who is also of the program's Big Red semi-pro football program.

This was the first year the older football players had joined the parade, according to Sara March, who heads the cheerleading program.

"Everybody loved it," she said. "The kids really had fun decorating and hanging out with the semi-pros."

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and the area's representatives in the General Assembly, state Sen. Edward Kasemeyer and Dels. James Malone and Steven DeBoy rode in the parade.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk braved the heat and walked.

"People are really hot. There were a lot of tents, a lot of people in the shade," Quirk said.

Quirk, who had to hurry from the Arbutus parade to take part in the Catonsville parade later in the afternoon, noted he had spent the entire morning in Arbutus.

He said he began the day with the annual Arbutus Firecracker 10K at 8 a.m., then took part in the annual ceremony later in the morning at the flag pole hosted by American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109.

"I like to shake hands, say hi to people," he said."It's a great parade."