The Bel Air Independence Day Committee recently recognized St. John the Evangelist School, which produced the annual Fourth of July parade's best float.

Representatives of the school accepted a monetary prize and the thanks of the committee at Bel Air Town Hall July 27.

According to the committee, St. John the Evangelist School, of Hydes, won over the parade's judges with their creative float which was selected from among 22 entrants.

"Floats make a parade, and I'm sure we all have watched the Tournament of Roses or Orange Bowl or Macy's parades on TV, which feature huge, professionally-created (and extremely expensive) floats. Here in Bel Air we come from a different angle, and so it's wonderful that groups, schools, churches and similar organizations still find the volunteers, time and resources to plan, build, decorate and drive floats in our patriotic event," parade chairman Michael Blum said. "The Bel Air Independence Day Committee thinks it's important to reward the best of the floats, not only with a plaque, but also with a tangible, cash indication of our respect and thanks for their efforts and ingenuity!"


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It's not too early to sign up to be a part of the 2012 parade, the theme for which will be "The Land of the Free!" Applications are online at the committee's Web site, http://www.belairjuly4.org.