A Parade is Coming!

Finally, after a scorcher of a summer, Fall is definitely here. Fields are full of children playing soccer and football, mums and pumpkins assemble everywhere, and Thanksgiving sits closely on the time line. PBA businesses and community groups are preparing for the big Thanksgiving Caring and Sharing Parade on Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm step-off, when dozens of floats and vehicles wind their way from Tick Neck Park on Edwin Raynor Boulevard, turning right on Mountain Road, then right on East Shore Road, left on 218th Street and left onto Outing Avenue, ending at George Fox Middle School.

It’s an exciting time for the children lining the streets sitting in front of adults who claim their viewing spots early in the day. The many vehicles, fire trucks, antique cars and sports cars are mirror-shiny, and the floats filled with friends and neighbors represent many hours of work to spread the message of the business or organization.

But the real purpose of the Parade is helping those in need in Pasadena: Each year literally tons of food is distributed to local food pantries. Amazingly generous Pasadena residents bring food to the collection bins of PBA businesses, or bring bags of groceries to the Parade, or buy the discount certificates offered at Lauer’s Supermarket and Bakery.

In 1996, Tom Redmond, a past PBA president, organized the Parade and it has become an exciting time for everyone. Come out and enjoy the fun and, if you can, contribute to the pantries which all distribute only to Pasadena residents needing a helping hand during the holidays and all-year round.

Susan Rouse tells in her blog how she became involved in this remarkable event – you may find as much joy as she does if you follow her lead. If you collect food for the Parade at your company or organization, let us know and we’ll publish your story here.

Everyone Loves a Parade

For the past four years, I have been collecting canned goods and food in my office at Anne Arundel Community College. What prompted the collection was a man who works at the college, Mike. He has worked for the facilities department for more than twenty five years, and asked me to get the word out to my tutors and instructors. Mike enthusiastically talked about the parade near Tick Neck Park starting on Ft. Smallwood Road and proceeding down to Mountain Road.

At the time, I wasn’t aware that the parade and food collection was an annual event sponsored by the PBA. My concern was that families in need be taken care of and we were happy to help.

Three weeks ago, I posted my annual appeal to those same tutors and instructors; and each year, they are more generous than the past. I don’t stop with one message either; if I haven’t heard from a tutor or instructor or haven’t received a donation, I will call them. There is no end to my persistence when it comes to helping the community.

The theme of this year’s parade is “PASADENA THANKSGIVING PARADE: A CARING & SHARING HARVEST.” Check out the History of Parade’s to see the background behind some of the world’s oldest parades.

So set the DVR, watch your football team a little later and get out with your family and friends to support this wonderful tradition. The parade takes place on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00pm Pasadena Parade. This is after-all, a social event and we would love to see as many of you as possible. Oh, and please don’t forget to bring a canned good!

17th Annual Pasadena Thanksgiving Parade -- Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM.