A little rain didn’t keep the residents of Milford from enjoying the great tradition of the Milford Community Parade. Despite constant rain showers all day, the rain held off as floats and bands took to Walnut Street on Wednesday night.
This year the theme was unique as participants were able to develop their own vision based on their favorite themes of past parades. Some floats chose to reflect the Halloween themes of the past while others focused their efforts on the more recent patriotic or a scarecrow themes.
The Milford Community Parade was originally themed as a Halloween parade as it began 70 years ago under Ed Evans who was Milford’s Mayor during World War II. In recent history the Gray family has facilitated the event for the past 25 years.
Local, state and federal delegates of Delaware including U.S. Representative John Carney, State Senator Gary Simpson, State Representative Harvey Kenton, State Representative Jack Peterman and Mayor Ronnie Rogers were in attendance to show their support for the Milford Community. This year State Senator Gary Simpson’s vehicle of choice was a bicycle as State Representative Harvey Kenton joined in the ride with a matching bike.
The highlight of the instrumental groups was the Quaker City String Band. Their detailed, over-the-top costumes and their amazing performance drew loud applause from the crowd throughout the entire parade route. Several more marching bands appeared and played music for the locals surrounding the downtown area. The parade also featured business and civic group floats, marching units, fire and rescue units and costumed characters. Reviewing stands for judging were located at Milford City Hall, Church of God and Gooden’s Floral Shop.
Despite mother nature’s best efforts to rain on this parade, the Milford Community Parade had another successful year as city streets were filled with spectators from the Milford Middle school to the Milford High School.
“Thank you to all of our sponsors including our silver sponsors, Milford Trade Exchange, Primo Water Systems, Milford Skating Center and the City of Milford,” commented Charles Gray, organizer of the Milford Community Parade. “We would also like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies that assisted as well. Our Master of Ceremonies held strong as they awaited the arrival of the best night-time parade on Delmarva…and as usual, the clouds parted and gave way to a colorful array of parade entries including the 2011 award-winning Quaker City String Band.”
2011 Milford Community Parade Results:
Costumed Characters/ Mummers –
3rd place Southern Delaware Derby Girls
2nd place Wolf and Amanda Sherlock
1st place Milford Skating Center
Specialty Entry –
3rd place Providence Acres
2nd place Bad Boyz On The Street Auto Club
1st place Hannah, Erin and Pumkin
Civic Float –
3rd place Clendaniel Family
2nd place Temple Lodge #9
1st place Milford Museum
Business Float –
3rd place Delmarva Historic Haunts Lab Group Gettysburg Paranormal
2nd place Fabulous Full Service Salon
1st place Weller’s Utility Trailers
School/Daycare Float –
1st place Delaware Tech Green
Themed Decorated Vehicle –
2nd place Lindel Computers Technology
1st place Craig & Caitlyn Alevato
Antique Vehicle –
1st place 1965 Red Corvette, Donald Tatman, Owner
Band Standings –
4th Place Sussex Technical High School
3rd Place Stephen Decatur High School Band
2nd Place POLYTECH High School
1st Place North Caroline High School
Trophy pick-up is at the Milford Skating Center, 1 Park Avenue, Downtown Milford