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The city of Havre de Grace will hold a ribbon-cutting festival from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to officially open the latest stretch of The Promenade, a waterfront walkway at the city's southern edge.

This weekend's festival will feature five bluegrass bands, the 389th Army Band from Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Havre de Grace High School Marching Band playing at various points along The Promenade.

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and the Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum will set up outdoor exhibits. Vendors will sell pit beef, ham, hot dogs, hamburgers and other food. In case of rain, the festival will be held April 8 at the same time.

The newest section of the 2,400-foot-long Promenade is a concrete walkway that wraps around Concord Point from the lighthouse to the raised wooden-deck portion of the walkway. The section was completed last fall, extending a path that begins at the base of Millard E. Tydings Memorial Park. The walkway was designed by city planners and paid for with $1 million from Harford County and the state.

The Promenade's observation decks offer panoramic views of the mouth of the Susquehanna River and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

The walkway is part of a planned cultural district that includes the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Funds are being raised for a maritime museum near the Concord Point Lighthouse, which would chronicle the city's water-related history.

Planners hope to extend the walkway with a marked path that would connect the southern portion of the city to the northern end with waterfront parks and green space along the way.

"We're trying to create a yellow-brick road," said Stan Ruchlewicz, city planning director.

The path would lead visitors from the waterfront views and historical sites at one end of town to the shops and restaurants at the other end.

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