This year’s theme America The Beautiful will celebrate patriotic pride during one of the most memorable election seasons in history. 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.
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.
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. This year, 13 bands will be marching among over 80 parade entires. Spectators can expect some different twists and traditional representations of this year’s theme. “This year, everyone will be amazed at the twist and turns in creativity by participants. There will be beauty on display, a rigid new look at moments in history, a salute to American Heroes, sounds of patriotism, and of course music, music, music by more than 10 marching bands,” stated Mr. Gray.
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