When the Towson July Fourth Parade kicks off Friday at 10:30, no one will be happier than Charles Connolly.
As chairman of the Parade Committee, Connolly will finally see the result of months of behind-the-scenes planning.
"I've been to a lot of parades; I've never run one," said Connolly, who found the experience full of surprises and challenges.
Throughout its 75-year history, the nonprofit Towson July Fourth Parade's dedicated volunteers from nearby neighborhoods have spent countless hours organizing the free event, a Towson tradition that last year attracted more than 60,000 people.
But age, ill health, retirement and relocation caught up with the...