Candy Cane Parade puts Millsboro in the holiday spirit

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Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus strike up a pre-parade pose with Indian River High School marching band members Leah Brasure, Danielle Fisher and Sierra Divincenzo.

MILLSBORO -This just in from the North Pole: Millsboro certainly was aglow with holiday spirit Wednesday night.

The 65th Annual Candy Cane Christmas Parade took center-stage Dec. 9, with approximately 60 entries plus a number of additional fire engine/emergency apparatus vehicles in the procession viewed by scores of people along the route.

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Millsboro Cruizers member Jerry Rice of Lewes and canine friend Missy await the start of the Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

“I heard directly from Santa & Mrs. Claus that when they flew over Millsboro before the parade started that there was a very large crowd of enthusiastic people waiting for the start of Millsboro’s Candy Cane Christmas Parade along the entire parade route,” said Amy Simmons, Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.

Floats from various school, youth, civic and church groups, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, high school marching bands from Indian River and Sussex Central, reigning pageant winners – including Southern Delaware’s very own Miss Delaware 2015 Brooke Mitchell – along with elected officials and assorted other entries made the trek down Mitchell Street to Millsboro’s downtown district.

“The parade route was packed with people cheering and the sound of Merry Christmas could be heard throughout the parade and at the very end of the parade Santa’s bells could be heard as Santa and Mrs. Claus made their appearance waving enthusiastically to the crowds,” Mrs. Simmons said. “It was a great night for a parade. The crowd was tremendous and everyone was having a great time. The entries in the parade were fantastic and the judges had their hands full picking winners.”

The parade was presented by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by D&D Stained Glass of Millsboro.

On behalf of the Greater Millsboro Chamber, Ms. Simmons thanked “all the volunteers at the line-up area, the police and fire police who helped with traffic and kept everyone safe during the parade, without all these people we couldn’t do this every year. And a big thank you to D&D Stained Glass for sponsoring the parade!”


Commercial Float: First- Tunnell Pot-Nets; Second- NRG/Dagsboro Boys & Girls Club.

Non-Commercial Float: First- Girl Scouts 858; Second- The Journey.

Youth Marching Unit: First- Boy/Cub Scout Pack 382; Second- Boy/Cub Scout Pack 89.

Marching Band: First- Indian River High School; Second- Sussex Central High School.

Cars, Trucks, Vans: First- Hurricane Martial Arts.

Mounted Unit- First- Sussex Central High School FFA.

Fire Company Antique: First- Georgetown Fire Company.

Motorcycle Unit: First- I am My Brother’s Keeper; Second- Ace Cycle.

Antique/Classic Cars: First- Millsboro Cruizers.

Car Club: First- Millsboro Cruizers; Second- Beachcombers Corvette Club.

Ambulance Squad: First- Frankford Fire Company.

Judges’ Award: Neverland Kennel.



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Leanne Duman and Melissa Hupe prepare their Healing Hearts Ministry float for the Millsboro Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

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Dressed in the holiday spirit, Mrs. Atlantic Coast Pam Prettyman of Georgetown was among the pageant entries in Millsboro’s Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

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Fire engines and emergency apparatus of all shapes and sizes from companies throughout Sussex County comprised a noticeable portion of Millsboro’s Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

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Reigning Miss Delaware 2015 Brooke Mitchell rides in Millsboro’s Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

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Sussex Central High School FFA member Cheyenne Peet is in the saddle as James Rieley is the guide for Sandy, one of the FFA’s horse entries.

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Following their car, Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett and wife Lorna prepare to set foot in the parade.

Delaware Storm softball member Bailee Bowden and team mascot Duke gear up for the Millsboro Candy Cane Christmas Parade.

Delaware Storm softball member Bailee Bowden and team mascot Duke gear up for the parade.







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