Annual parade in OC celebrates Baltimore Ravens

(May 29, 2015) Baltimore Avenue will turn into Ravenstown this Saturday as fans donning their purple and black will converge to watch the 51st annual Council of Baltimore Ravens Roost Parade.

Ocean City’s Ravens Roost 44 joins 75 roosts from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania to put on the annual event, which will proceed up Baltimore Avenue from 19th to 26th Street starting at 10 a.m. 

It’s all about the football fans this year with an “Awesome Fan Commitment” theme.

“The first letters in ‘Awesome Fan Commitment’ are AFC, the league the Ravens play in,” said Sue Draper, Ravens Convention chairperson, recording secretary for the Council and member of Pasadena’s Roost 65.

The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts and its member roosts have donated more than $2.6 million to local and national charities since 2007 and put in countless hours of volunteering. The theme was chosen to honor the dedication and support the roosts have given to their communities, she added.

“Last year, the Council donated $2,000 each to the Ocean City Police Department, the Ocean City Fire Department and the Ocean City Paramedics as a small token of our appreciation for the many departments of the Town of Ocean City that enable us to have this event,” Draper said.

Approximately 30 Roosts will march in the 2015 Ravens Roost Parade and are entered into a competition with various categories including best theme and novelty float with trophies for the winners.

Several youth and musical groups will perform along the way with Ravens cheerleaders and Ravens’ mascot, Poe, making appearances. Several players, current and alumni, and coaches from the Baltimore Ravens will be in attendance. The Baltimore Ravens Pep Band will be performing throughout the morning near the reviewing stand on Baltimore Avenue and 26th Street, Draper said.

“It is difficult to put a number on the size of the crowd lining the streets of Baltimore Avenue, however they are standing three and four deep along the way,” she added.

After the Ravens Roost parade, registered Roost members will gather on the beach at Castle in the Sand Hotel on 37th Street, “a gracious host for more than 10 years,” for karaoke and miniature golf contests, volleyball, horse shoe and corn hole tournaments, a Crazy Hat parade, a dunk tank, Bingo, a scavenger hunt, a bull roast on the beach, followed by awards at night, Draper said.

Participants must be registered members of the convention to participate.

“The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts have been holding their convention and parade in Ocean City for over 50 years, going back to when they were the Council of Colts Corrals,” Draper said. “For a fan club to remain active and growing for so many years is amazing even during the years when Baltimore had no NFL team. The convention and parade give the Roosts a chance to come together to celebrate their accomplishments, enhance camaraderie and participate in some friendly competition.”

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