Military Bowl brings football, festivities to Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Annapolis played host to the Military Bowl today between Maryland and Marshall.

This is the first time the bowl game was held at a military academy with the game being played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and it appeared to be well received in the state capital.

Beautiful weather for December embraced big crowds in Annapolis Friday for the Military Bowl. The bowl game festivities featured a parade up Main Street in Annapolis. The bands from Marshall and Maryland made the trip.

"The commercial district is gearing up for the big game and looking forward to people coming downtown after the game," said business owner Steve Samaras."

You could even spot the mascots, the bison from the thundering herd of Marshall and Testudo from Maryland.

"It's fantastic," Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides said. "Annapolis loves two things the most: the military and football, so we're very happy."

The party moved from downtown to the stadium for some good music and tailgating. Annapolis brought also out the big guns, or the big horses, in the form of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Inside the stadium, a big crowd saw the paratroopers, a fly over and some good football. While fans usually look forward to traveling to a bowl game, Maryland fans seemed to be happy to have the game in their back yard.

"This was great," said one fan. "I could get up this morning and pack my car and come here just like it was in College Park."

Marshall went on to win the game 31-20.

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