Local Baltimore Ravens fans and supporters of the Colonial Beach native pro football player will be getting a treat this summer. As the spring season soon breaks and summer is just around the corner, the town will be welcoming a familiar super bowl champion to lead their annual parade.
On June 8, the town of Colonial Beach will be welcoming pro football player Torrey Smith as this year’s grand marshal for the 62nd Annual Potomac River Festival.
The news comes after Smith and his Baltimore Ravens teammates won Super Bowl XLVII and Smith received this year’s GMC Never Say Never Moment Of The Year—given to a player who represents determination and perseverance in a moment or play. Smith is in his second season of the NFL after being drafted by the Ravens. In the past two seasons, Smith has started more games and has increased his average yards for reception improving from 16.8 yards to 17.4.
“I’m definitely honored to be a part of it and do something back in town,” said Smith. “It will definitely be a weird situation for me because I lived there when I was younger…but I’m excited and will get to see some familiar faces and be a part of the same parade I used to watch.”
President Carey Geddes of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce said he was preparing to mail a request to Smith. Instead, when he went to get an address from local coach Steve Swope, Geddes was told the agreement had already been settled.
“I said to the coach ‘fantastic,’” said Geddes. “Accolades to the coach because I know he was bending over backwards to get this done…I thanked him for all of his hard work and in trying to do something like that it takes a team effort, but the coach really put it in perspective and got it handled. We’re really excited about it and think well of the coach for doing this.”
On Feb. 3, the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII defeating the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana 34-31. After the game, the wide receiver had two receptions for a total of 35 yards after being targeted by super bowl MVP and Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco.
Smith joins two-time pro bowler, and King George native Jermon Bushrod, and Northumberland County native John Jett, to be natives of the region to win at least win a Super Bowl.
Smith will anchor the parade starting on Jackson Street, onto Colonial Avenue, then to Washington Avenue, left on Boundary Street, then another on Beach Terrace, turn onto Hawthorne, and finally to Taylor Street straight onto the Town Hill stage. The parade begins at noon.
The festival will run from June 7-9 including three pageants, three parades (firemen, boat and a pet show) and a carnival, which opens on June 5.
The theme of the 62nd Annual Potomac River Festival is hometown heroes, Geddes said.
“That extends to first responders, veterans and anybody that is a hometown hero,” Geddes added. “Torrey Smith is a true hometown hero of Colonial Beach.”