Community Parade Set for Oct. 17

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Staff Report

The annual Milford Community Parade is scheduled for Wednesday evening, October 17, at 6:30pm. An event that has been a Milford tradition since 1939, the Milford Community Parade marches through Walnut Street of Milford, encompassing 1.7 miles stretching from South to North, straight through beautiful and scenic downtown Milford.

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. This year the theme for the evening will be “Family Game Night” as the Milford Parade Committee encourages participants to think about their favorite board, television and family games as they begin to decorate their floats.

“We hope families become involved with our parade this year like never before,” stated Mr. Gray, member of the Milford Parade Committee. “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.”

As tradition holds, die-hard parade fans will start marking spaces in the early morning hours the day of the parade, to reserve their spots for viewing. Vendors from local non-profits will be at hand at select sites selling food and beverages. As usual, three reviewing stands will be positioned at City Hall, Church of God, and Gooden’s Floral Shop, all located along the route on Walnut Street, to judge parade entries in several categories including best costumed character, float, antique vehicle and band performance.

Fans from all over Delmarva Peninsula have been supporting the parade for more than 25 years, and with the original parade beginning in 1939, it has been a long standing family tradition from generation to generation.

“It has become the early Thanksgiving get-together with family from afar and friends close by.” commented Gray.

The Community Parade will not have an entry fee this year but businesses that participate are requested to provide a donation.  With costs associated with the parade reaching up to $20,000, individuals and businesses are urged to support the parade with contributions of any size; sponsorships are still available. To participate in the parade, civic groups, non-profits, candidates for public office and businesses can fill out an entry form by visiting www.milfordparade.com. The entry deadline is October 8, 2012.

Children and families that would like to contribute can also participate in the upcoming pizza skating party Wednesday, October 10 at the Milford Skating Center, located at 1 Park Avenue in downtown Milford. Proceeds will benefit this year’s parade.