Harford County, get ready for another demonstration of Power to the Purple!
Bel Air's super Purple Pride Ravens Rally is coming up Friday from noon to 2 p.m. in the county government's parking lot at the corner of South Main Street and Churchville Road.
The Purple Pride Ravens Rally is co-sponsored by the Harford County government, Harford County Public Schools, Harford County Public Library, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Downtown Alliance. The school system is involved for planning purposes because its headquarters building is adjacent to the rally site; however, the rally itself is "not a school activity," HCPS Director of Communications Teri Kranefeld said Tuesday.
According to the county government, food and drinks will be available on site for purchase. No alcohol will be permitted on the lot.
Local businesses providing food and beverages during the rally will include the Dark Horse Saloon, WOLO Mobile Food Truck offering a "New Orleans" style menu and ShopRite.
A number of prizes and giveaways will be available throughout the event. Donations are being provided courtesy of ShopRite, the United Way, M&T Bank, Poor Boy Sports, as well as from an unnamed private donor, according to a county government media release. Embroid Me will offer T-shirts and other Ravens items for sale, and MDimages will have framed Ravens photos and collages for sale, according to the release.
The Purple Pride Ravens Rally will include showmobile, face painting and photos with a Ray Lewis cutout. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed Ravens fan and for best Ray Lewis dance.
Tyler Daniel from WXCY Radio in Havre de Grace will serve as the emcee for the Rally.
Harford County government spokesman Bob Thomas said security will be provided by the county government's security staff and the Bel Air Police Department. If there is severe inclement weather, the event will be canceled, he said.
Thomas said earlier the time and place for the rally were chosen because of its central location and ease of controlling the crowd and to lessen the impact on traffic. The most recent Ravens rally in Bel Air was held at Armory Park on Jan. 18, the Friday before the Ravens won the AFC Championship on Jan. 21. The earlier rally was held at 4 p.m.
"The people of Harford County love the Baltimore Ravens and are excited about the Ravens return to the Super Bowl this year," Harford County Executive David Craig said in the media release. "The Ravens rally will be a fun, family oriented event for everyone to show their Purple Pride and demonstrate support for the Baltimore Ravens in their quest for a second world championship."
For more information regarding the Harford County Purple Pride Ravens Rally, contact Jennifer Davis, 410-638-3124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.