From The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc.:
The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., the non-profit, all-volunteer group that produces the parade, fireworks and all other July 4 events in the Town of Bel Air, has selected Street native Carrianne Cicero as Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2016.
Cicero is the sixth person to hold the title of Miss Bel Air Independence Day. She began her college education at age 16 and received her Associate’s degree and high school diploma on the same day! This month she will be the youngest Master’s degree recipient in Salisbury University’s class of 2016, earning an M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs. A veteran of musical theatre, she hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Theatre Education and become a drama teacher.
Cicero has been part of the Bel Air Fourth of July tradition since childhood, and even appeared in the parade in 2003 as part of Girl Scout Community 80’s “A Hero Can Be Anyone” float—she proudly dressed up as her hero: her mom!
“We had one of the most qualified groups of applicants since we began selecting a Miss Bel Air, but when each of the four judges—among them a former Miss Bel Air—ranked the applicants, Carrianne was first on every list,” says Miss Bel Air Selection Committee chair Michael Blum, who is also the Parade Chairman and Vice President of the Independence Day Committee. “I think this was due to a combination of her excellent resumé, her local background and personal connection to the parade, her very strong communication skills, her understanding and embrace of the requirements of the position, and her excitement about being a key part of our day-long event. We are very happy with our choice, and we look forward to seeing Carrianne Cicero in Bel Air this summer!”
The title holder will serve as hostess and participant in one of the region’s largest Fourth of July celebrations, taking place from dawn to night on Friday, July 4, 2016, and will also help promote the event in the weeks leading up to the event.
The full slate of traditional events on Independence Day starts with the flag-raising at 6:45 a.m. in front of Bel Air High School, and Cicero will lead the parade down Main Street in Bel Air at 6 p.m.
Miss Bel Air, representing Bel Air and the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, will compete for the title of Miss Maryland in late June, a part of the Miss America Pageant process.
“We really want to thank all the contestants we had this year,” says Don Stewart, President of the Committee. “They were all well-prepared, and accomplished, and any one of them would have been a credit to the title and responsibility.”