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Crisfield Crab Derby Parade Change Getting Mixed Reviews

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Main Street in Crisfield where the Crab Derby Parade is usually held. Main Street in Crisfield where the Crab Derby Parade is usually held.

CRISFIELD, Md. - This year's annual Crisfield Crab Derby Parade is changing its location from Main Street to Somerset Avenue. The new route has caused a stir among city residents.

Timiki Gary, who has lived in Crisfield all her life, is uneasy about the change. She said, "It would throw everything off."

The change comes after city leaders announced that an abandoned building at 333 Main St. is a threat to public safety. The activity from the parade could lead to a possible collapse of the building because of its poor condition. 

"I think it's unfortunate that the it's not going to be on Main Street, but I'm grateful that the city is taking all of the precautions to continue to have the parade," said Ted Friedley.

The city is planning to remove the property but it does not have enough money to demolish and rebuild it. The city applied for a state grant to to cover the costs. 

Some residents are unhappy with this decision, saying that it is breaking tradition, while others are glad that the city is still planning to go on with the parade.

Christina Ross is ecstatic about the new location.

"I'm really happy that it's going to be on Somerset Avenue because I live on Somerset Avenue!" she said. 

The city is exploring other emergency options to remove the building.

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