From the Dundalk Renassaince Corporation:
(credit: DRC http://www.dundalkusa.org/pub/milestone#2011_Awards)
The Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee received a Renaissance Milestone Award from the Dundalk Renaissance Committee!
Over the past 75 years, Dundalk has put on some form of celebrations for America’s Birthday. It has always been made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers who selfishly donate their time to make sure the festivities continue to get better and better each year. The first 4th of July parades had been held in Sparrows Point, starting in 1902, but these efforts stopped in 1929, with the Great Depression. In 1934 a group of citizens organized the Heritage Parade, to be held through the streets of Dundalk. That parade has continued ever since, following the same route since the 1940’s.
In 1981, management of the parade was taken over by the Optimist Club of Dundalk, Inc., with Charlie Panuska organizing the event for over twenty years. Still hosted by the Optimist Club, in 2001 the Dundalk Heritage Parade Committee was formed to oversee parade activities. Patricia Herman, a member of the Optimist Club of Dundalk, currently chairs the Heritage Parade Committee.
The parade has never been a one person accomplishment, or a short-term project, however. Funds for the parade have always come from the community, including donations, proceeds from the Heritage Fair, and money collected by the Bucket Brigade during the parade. Work to organize and produce the next parade starts almost as soon as the last parade has finished. Over the years countless volunteers have put in thousands of hours of work to make the parade a reality, building countless memories, and Dundalk’s sense of community, with it.