Eastern Correctional Institution inmates build parade floats
Media invited view floats, interview inmate builders Friday

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TOWSON, Md. (December 2, 2010) Every year, Eastern Correctional Institution inmates use odds and ends from the prison to construct beautiful holiday floats for area Christmas parades. This year, their handiwork appears in parades in Pocomoke, Princess Anne, Salisbury and Crisfield.

Old sheets and damaged clothing is re-used as a knit cap becomes the face of a toy soldier. Wood, chicken wire and Styrofoam are also used in the construction of these floats.

Media is invited to the institution Friday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. to see the floats up close, and talk with the inmates who built them. Please RSVP to Erin Julius, above. Please remember that no cell phones, weapons of any kind or other contraband are allowed in the facility. Members of the media must bring professional identification.

On Saturday, the floats will be in the Princess Anne parade, and on Sunday they can be seen in Salisbury. These inmates also build floats that appear in the Crab Derby parade in Crisfield every year.