The Bel Air Downtown Alliance and Town of Bel Air will host the 22nd Annual Bel Air Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The Main Street concert will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the Patrick Redmond Band will play from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
The Grand Parade will travel down Main Street, from Churchville Road to Lee Street, and be narrated by Teri Kranefeld, from 4 to 5 p.m. The Ravens Cheerleaders, stilt-walkers and acrobats, marching bands from Bel Air High School, C. Milton Wright High School, John Carroll School, Joppatowne High School, Patterson Mill High School, Fallston High School and Edgewood High School are scheduled to appear, as are costumed characters and mascots including Ferrous, Ripcord, The Oriole Bird, the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, McGruff the Crime Dog and Spiderman.
Appearances are scheduled for Miss Maryland 2011, other notables, musical performance groups such as the Hoppin' Hawks, the Silver Eagle Cloggers, the TwirlTasTix, Applause of Bel Air and the Titans Drum Corps. There will be marching units, miniature horses, horse-drawn wagons, a living Christmas tree, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and others.
There will be carols, a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies provided by Coffee Coffee and Wegmans Food Markets in Shamrock Park. The Bel Air Community Band will perform, and "Captain" Jim McMahan will serve as master of ceremonies. At 5:00 p.m., there will be a tree lighting. The event is free. Inclement weather cancellation will be announced at noon on Sunday, Dec. 4 on WBAL-AM 1090 and WYPR-FM 105.7, www.downtownbelair.com and www.belairmd.org and www.facebook.com/DowntownBelAir. There is no rain date. For more information, contact Scott T. Walker, executive director of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, at (443) 823-1797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.