Food Trucks, Aliens and Space Ships, Oh My!


Staff Report

The Milford Community Parade was on Wednesday, October 18 as thousands of families lined Walnut Street in the heart of Milford, DE. “We are very grateful for the volunteers, sponsors and the City and all departments that assisted to pull off this truly wonderful parade,” commented Charles Gray, Chairperson of the Committee. “More food trucks were added and businesses were open later until 8pm this year through a promotional partnership with the Downtown Milford Entrepreneur Committee. Over 100 entries were scheduled to appear and more than 10 marching bands stepped Walnut Street and the 1.7 mile parade route. What many were not ready for were, the great looking, sometimes “out of this world” floats.”

Scout Pack 186 earned a front row entry because of their national parks-themed float last year as the recipient of the Outstanding Spirit Award selected by the Committee. Entry Coordinator, Marie Jo Gray exclaimed, “They did not disappoint, they were out of the park with this year’s. You had to see that moon, or was it a huge asteroid? And that space shuttle, wow.”


Photo Taken by Kevin Eickman

Photo Taken by Kevin Eickman
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As this annual event has done since 1938, the streets of Milford were filled and restaurants and businesses saw an increase in traffic. Families invited friends and have porch parties and this year the weather was spot on for an evening parade. As with any great event, there were plenty of awards. The judges are a separate panel from the parade committee and through a sponsorship from the Lions Club, the parade is able to have National Band Judges critique the marching bands.

2017 Parade Results


Junior Division 4              Division Winner Dover Central Middle School

Senior Division 1              Division Winner Pocomoke High School

                                                 Second Place    Washington High School

                                                Third Place         Stephen Decatur High School

Senior Division 2               Division Winner North Caroline High School

Senior Division 4               Division  Winner Smyrna High School

                                                Second Place         Sussex Technical High School

                                                Third Place           Dover High School

Drumline                             Division Winner    Del Tech Drum Line


Business Floats

                                1st Place                Westside Restaurant

                                2nd Place               Tax Chicks

                                3rd Place               Life Cycle

Civic Float over 18 years old

                                1st Place                Keeper Of The Stars

                                2nd Place               Hometown Heros

                                3rd Place               First Baptist Church

Civic Float under 18 years old

                                1st Place                Milford Pack 186

                                2nd Place               First Presbyterian

                                3rd Place               Diamond Dance Co

School / Class Float

                                1st Place                Milford High School Cheerleaders

                                2nd Place               Woodbridge Middle School Cheerleaders

                                3rd Place               Milford High School FFA


Marching Unit  Youth

                                1st Place                Cub Scout Pack 116

Marching Unit  Youth

                                1st Place                Southern Delaware Roller Derby

                                2nd Place               NASA Space Programs Celebration


                                1st Place                Horse Power

                                2nd Place               Adriana Smith

                                3rd Place               American Mustang & Burro Association

Antique Vehicle

                                1st Place                Tim Golden, 1967 Corvette Stringray

                                2nd Place               Classic 1960 Corvette, Richard/Debbie Webb

                                3rd Place               1963 Chevy Truck, DE Eastern Shore Generals

Themed Decorated Vehicle

                                1st Place                First State Party Bus

                                2nd Place               Kensley Blackwell, Little Miss Ellendale

                                3rd Place               TBD

Costumed Characters Youth

                                1st Place                First State Dance Academy & Delaware Alliance


Costumed Characters Adult

                                1st Place                Milford Elks Drug Awareness

Costumed Family

                                1st Place                The Marshall Family

Group Vehicle

                                1st Place                Southern Delaware Jeep 

                                2nd Place               Rookery North

                                3rd Place               Eastern Shore Jeep