Now that a crisp cool front has moved through the area, the shift of thoughts is to Fall and the Community Parade. The Committee has been meeting all year long to be rady for the annual event. This year’s parade is Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Groups and businesses wanting to participate will need to complete an application and return it to the Parade Committee by October 8, 2011 for consideration. The parade will host over 10 bands and a Philadephia String Band. Local groups like the Roller Derby Girls, The Book Mobile and Bayhealth will be participating this year. Additional entries that have already registered are preparing early for the event. there is no fee for entry and businesses particpating are requested to make a contribution to offset the costs associated with the more-than one hour parade that spans 1.7 miles in length.
All along the parade route, the morning of the parade day, locals are already placing tape, chairs and blankets marking their “best viewing” spot for the parade. The Parade Committee enjoys organizing the annual event and has done so for 24 parades to date. “This is our 25th parade and the committee has endured shrinking budgets, and other challenges but has endured to continued to offer the families on Delmarva an event for everyone to enjoy,” stated Mr. Charles Gray, Parade Chairperson. With an annual budget of over $10,000, the all volunteer committee is charged with rasing the money and organizing the participants, as well as other logistics behind the scenes. “For 25 parades, the community has supported us in our endeavor and without a single revenue source, the committee members particpate in countless fundraisers. Something each should be commended for. We have members from Georgetown, Dover, Harringotn, Lincoln, Houston and Milford that do this and for no other reason than to keep a tradition going and provide family friendly fun at no cost to the particpants or the spectators,” commented Mr. Charles Gray.
“25 years: a Medley of Past Favorites” is this year’s theme and that eans pretty much everything goes. The Parade Committee also has a Facebook page that features under discussions their 25 year history of themes and an online application link that automatically sends the application to the committee when the “submit” button is clicked. In years past, the parade has enjoyed an audiance of upwards of 35,000 spectators and 3,000 particpants (those walking up Walnut Street). The parade kicks off at 6:30pm at the corner of Walnut Street and Seabury Avenue and will arrive downtown by 6:50pm. “The Parade has brought citizens from all over the Delmarva Peninsula, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and even Virginia to watch the parade in a beautiful downtown and River area. No other parade or event in Milford has attracted so many on one day or night,” stated Mr. Gray
“Our sponsors have been with us for the journey as well. Sponsors like Dave Wilson, Richard Y. Johnson, and Gooden’s Floral Shop have made it possible for the Committee to concentrate their efforts on the parade and not the logistics. Three (3) reviewing areas have stands for the Master of Ceremonies, porta-restrooms, and usually a vendor or two. Our Master of Ceremonies has equally been with us as long, Eagle 97.7 and Alex Vaughan just to name two,” included Mr. Gray. Reviewing stands are located at City Hall, Church of God, and Gooden’s Floral Shop. The route is from South Walnut and Seabury to North Walnut and 10th Street. Vendors will be located at City Hall, PNC Bank, Downtown with some Downtown Merchants remaining open, and Church of God. Spectators should expect to see some favorites and some new entries as well.
Contributions are still accepted by sending a check to: MCP, Inc. PO Box 1153, Milford, DE 19963. If you received a notice in the Milford Electric Bill, it is not too late to send your slip in with your contribution to the address above. Families can also participate in an upcoming fundraiser to be held at the Milford Skating Center, October 12, 2011. The Pizza Skating Party is from 6:30-9:00pm and features all the pizza you can eat. Admission for everyone is just $3 and skate rental is $2. A limo ride through the parade with friends is the main door prize and is courtesy of Racing Limos of Dover. This is a great dinner and a skate value for a family.