By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun
11:22 PM EST, February 5, 2013
Among the crowd of some 200,000 people who attended the Baltimore Ravens' triumphant parade and celebration in Baltimore on Tuesday were more than a few parents who had to make a choice between letting their children attend and keeping a day of school.
One of those was Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — who attended the festivities at City Hall with his two sons, ages 9 and 11.
“I got them back [to school] for the rest of the day,” said Kamenetz, whose boys attend Gilman.
“They only missed a couple hours," he said. "I would hope it would not be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but just in case it was for them, I wanted them to get the opportunity to see that.”
The county executive said they were near Ed Reed, who let fans touch the Lombardi trophy. “It has my fingerprints on it,” he said.
Kamenetz, who led Ravens-oriented events in Towson over the past few weeks leading up to the Ravens' 34-31 win in the Super Bowl — said the days after the victory have been “like an extended holiday season."
“Everyone is in a great mood, and everyone is wearing purple,” he said. “It’s a time when you have a great sense of pride in your community. There should be more days like this.”
Kamenetz said he likes to call the team the “Baltimore County Ravens” because their practice facility and headquarters are located in Owings Mills.
“We here are very proud of the Baltimore County Ravens,” he said. “We didn’t mind loaning out the trophy to Baltimore City for the day.”
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