Community Parade Committee Announces Theme

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Quaker City String Band From the 2011 Milford Community Parade.

Staff Report

The 2012 Milford Community Parade is sure to please with a theme such as “Family Game Night”. The annual event held throughout Walnut Street of Milford, encompasses 1.7 miles. Stretching from South to North, straight through beautiful and scenic Downtown Milford, the parade is a tradition dating back to the late 1930’s.

Charles Gray, Parade Chairperson stated, “Milford has enjoyed this tradition due to the hard work of the Committee, the City and it’s Police Department. The parade was formally organized in 1939 and since then the present committee has organized the parade for the past 26 parades.”

The theme has changed over the years and this year’s theme is a new one, with the committee planning it to be a hit with families young and old, and organizations as well. “Family Game Night” was brought up in a brainstorm session the committee has annually.

“The theme can be considered to mean several different things,” commented Jim Gray, Executive Chairman of the Board. “You can immediately think of board games you played at the kitchen table, or how about the family’s favorite sporting event(s), or even your favorite television or video game.”

The committee is tasked with organizing the parade and starts immediately after the current year’s parade to get ready for the next. The parade consists of more than 10 marching bands, civic groups, businesses and individuals entering floats, marching groups, equestrians, decorated and vehicles. The parade also works independently of the City to raise funds annually. This year is no different with the needs for funds even greater.

“We have never had a single sponsor for the parade,” stated Charles Gray. “We have been proud how the community continually supports our efforts year after year. We would like to have a major sponsor some day. We haven’t found the right partner to do so. We are looking for a business or organization that would like to promote their product or message to more than just Milfordians.”

Parade participants come from all over the Delmarva Peninsula, Baltimore, and Philadelphia areas. With them come their families and to put on such a grand parade, the funds necessary can reach upwards of $20,000.

To help reach the fundraising goal for the 2012 parade, the Parade Committee has confirmed several fundraisers, partnering with the Debbie’s Fund organization for several of their own fundraisers this year. On September 8, the Committee will provide refreshments at the Milford Skating Center in Downtown Milford, during the annual Freedom Festival. The Milford Skating Center owner, Carmen Kemper, will provide a Customer Appreciation Skate free to the public from 1-4p on that afternoon.

The parade, scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 17, 2012 will be seen by more than 10,000 people and lasts approximately one and a half hours. Lawn chairs line the street early in the day, vendors are ready to serve so they too can raise funds for their programs and participants get excited as the sun sets.

“We hope families become involved with our parade this year like never before,” stated Mr. Gray. “Our theme allows for the creative juices to flow. Can you imagine watching life size pieces of the game Life marching by? Or how about Pac man and those silly ghosts, or even a Drew Carey look-a-like with contestants spinning the big wheel.”

Entry forms will be available via link later in July and on the parade website. Hard copy entry forms will be available in August at select location in Milford. Donations can be made by mail to MCP,Inc., PO Box 1153, Milford, De 19963. For more information on the upcoming fundraisers and late breaking news of entries and specials, “like” Milford Community Parade on Facebook.