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Posted on: March 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Press Release: Weekend Storms Predicted Prompt Cancellation of Dr. King Parade and African Diaspora

 Office of the Mayor

City of Annapolis
160 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

For Immediate Release:
Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or

Mid-Atlantic Storm Will Bring Rain and Strong Winds
 to Annapolis on Friday and Saturday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and African Diaspora Festival are canceled; Adult Easter Egg Hunt at Pip Moyer Center is Postponed Until Sunday

ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 31, 2023) – Due to a strong low pressure system and cold front that will move into the Annapolis area on Saturday morning, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and African Diaspora Festival set to take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023 are canceled. The Flag Raising Ceremony at City Dock is also canceled. The Annapolis Department of Recreation and Parks’ Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday night at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center will move to Sunday. 

WEATHER FORECAST: The National Weather Service is forecasting rain, which may be heavy at times, to move into the area on Friday evening into Saturday. The rain will end in the late morning or early afternoon on Saturday. At that time, strong winds are expected. Sustained winds of 25 MPH will be accompanied by gusts up to 45-50 MPH.  

BOATING: The Annapolis Harbormaster asks boat owners to check in on their boats after each high tide. As the water recedes, the wind can shift docked boats to floating above the pier or lift. As water levels return to normal, boats may become lodged on fixed structures or atop other boats. This can result in a vessel taking on water or sinking. Please check boats to prevent fuel leaks and property damage. In addition, boats should move off anchor to a mooring ball where possible. Boat owners are responsible for vessels that drag anchor and damage other boats or property. 

PREPARE YOUR HOME/BUSINESS: Ahead of this weather event, secure loose objects in your yard and home such as outdoor furniture, tents, plants, or lawn ornaments that could become projectiles.


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