On Monday, Milford Community Parades, Inc., organizers of Milford’s annual fall parade , announced that this year’s theme will be “Hollywood Fever.” 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, through beautiful and scenic downtown Milford. This year’s festivities are scheduled to occur on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2013.
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. With the help of community members, family and friends, James Gray set out to make the parade a unique experience for those attending. Under the direction of Milford Community Parades, Inc., the parade began as a fall holiday celebration and has since evolved into a fall seasonal parade with changing themes. According to Charles Gray, current Parade Chairperson, attendance has reached 30,000 in previous years with the multiple marching bands as the parade’s signature attraction.
“With this year’s theme and already ten bands scheduled to appear, interested organizations, businesses and families are urged to put their thinking caps on and start getting ready to participate in the largest evening parade held on Delmarva,” stated Gray. “Participants have been very creative and challenge one another year after year to be the best and most creative.”
In any given year parade goers can listen to between ten and twenty different bands throughout the evening, including university, high school and community bands. Over the years, the parade has hosted local businesses and non-profit organizations, statewide political figures and even some unique entries including an airplane and an elephant.
Milford Community Parades, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that raises money for the entire event through community fundraisers and sponsorships. The largest supporter, City of Milford, began with the current Mayor, the Honorable Joseph “Ronnie” Rogers, requesting Jim Gray to form a committee to continue the event.
“We are proud of our partnership and the faith Mayor Rogers bestowed upon the committee for accomplishing such a great annual event,” stated Gray. “We equally appreciate the hours of assistance local law enforcement officers from Kent and Sussex Counties,making this such a community-driven event.”
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. Interested groups may find more information on the website or at Milford Parade on Facebook. For sponsorship information, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Sponsorship” in the subject line.