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Memorial Day Parade to return to Taneytown after pause since 2012

Scouts march in the Taneytown Memorial Day Parade in 2012. For the first time since 2012, Taneytown plans to have a Memorial Day parade this year.
Scouts march in the Taneytown Memorial Day Parade in 2012. For the first time since 2012, Taneytown plans to have a Memorial Day parade this year. (DAVE MUNCH/Carroll County Times)

The city of Taneytown has announced that the Memorial Day parade will make its return this summer.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, Mayor Bradley Wantz said that after having gone nearly a decade without one, the city will have a parade for Memorial Day once again.

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Wantz said that parades in the city had largely been halted after their streetscape project in 2012.

The parade’s return was prompted by the Taneytown residents, according to Wantz.

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“It was made very clear from residents that they missed the parades that were hosted in the city many years ago,” said Wantz in an email. “I remember marching in the parades when I was younger and seeing the sidewalks filled with people waving and gathering candy.

"We want to help bring back that same sense of community!”

Wantz wasn’t sure about why the parade hadn’t occurred in so long, but said, “I suspect that miscommunication between SHA and the city led many to believe that parades were no longer an option. In 2019, we approached SHA and clarified what it would take to return these celebrations to the city.”

According to Wantz, the route of the city parades had to be changed due to a lack of a “detour” around their downtown but by temporarily directing traffic onto Antrim Blvd. and Trevanion Road, they can run the parade on E. Baltimore St. from Grand Drive to Broad St.

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Details on various features of the parade are still being worked out but it is planned to be held on Memorial Day at 10 a.m.

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