Mendez and her daughter are in Edgewood for the summer, visiting family. Her niece was in the parade with the Edgewood High School marching band.
She said she was glad to see bands from other schools as well, such as Joppatowne and C. Milton Wright High School of Bel Air.
"I'm very appreciative that the bands came from the other towns," she said.
Her daughter, Drianna, also appreciated the parade.
"It's my first time seeing a parade like this," Drianna said. "It was really exciting and fun."
Amy Smith of Joppa came to cheer on her son, Ben, who is a member of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company's cadet program and marched Saturday.
"The cadet program has been so great," she said. "It has been so wonderful for my son."
Diane Hohman of Fallston, who attended Edgewood High and went on to become one of the first to graduate from Joppatowne when it opened in the 1970s, called the parade "a trip down memory lane."
Hohman became emotional when she saw the Edgewood and Joppatowne bands.
"Seeing Joppatowne and Edgewood, seeing the camaraderie between the two schools, it was really neat to see that, so I felt very proud," she said.
There were parade winners in four categories; the winners' names were provided Sunday by Sue Heselton, contract chair for the Parade Committee, and they will receive their trophies during Wednesday's Edgewood Community Council meeting at the Harford County Sheriff's Office's Southern Precinct at 1305 Pulaski Highway in Edgewood. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Joppa-Magnolia was the first-place winner in the Fire Company category, and the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company won second place.
Marching Band winners were C. Milton Wright in first, Joppatowne in second and Edgewood in third.
The members of the Titan Drum Corps of Whiteford took first place in Performance Groups; the Baltimore Twilighters were second and the Viper All Stars Cheerleading and Dance group of Baltimore County was third.
In the Floats category, the "Wizard of Oz"-themed float made by the Joppatowne Lions Club was first, the Harford County Public Library's "Dig into Reading" float came in second and the Scooby Doo-themed float of Extreme Family Outreach of Harford County took third.
Following the parade, everyone was treated to a free concert Saturday night with the Chesapeake Silver Coronet Brass Band in Flying Point Park.