Blades a hot spot with 100th anniversary parade, celebration

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State Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Lincoln, waves as he guides the horse-drawn wagon carrying Town of Blades officials in the town’s 100th anniversary parade Saturday.

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Grand Marshall Jim Bowden, dressed in a 1915 police uniform to act as Arthur “Hotsie” Hatfield, waves during Blades’ 100th anniversary parade. Alongside Mr. Bowden is Ann Blake, grand-daughter of Arthur Hatfield, who was Blades’ first police chief. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

BLADES – For several hours Saturday afternoon, the Town of Blades was the hot spot in Sussex County – and perhaps even all of Delaware.

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Little Miss Blades 2015 Kayla Lee-Ann Jones waves to parade watchers Saturday in the town’s 100th anniversary parade. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

And it wasn’t necessarily because of the heat and humidity.

Blades’ 100-year anniversary celebration took center-stage Saturday, with a gala parade through town and entertainment, activities and vendors at Blades Park.

The celebration continued through the day.

State Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Lincoln, led a horse-drawn wagon carrying Blades town officials, and Blades Volunteer Fire Company’s engines and fire-fighting apparatus were joined in the parade by neighboring fire service participants from Western Sussex County.

Marching bands included Seaford Middle School and Seaford High School, as well as the closing act – the New Edition marching unit from Baltimore, which arrived in coach buses just in time for the parade.

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Sophia Martinez, Miss Blades 2015, waves to the crowd in the town’s 100th anniversary parade. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

Blades officially turned 100 years old on March 10, 2015.

In keeping with that 100-year anniversary theme, noted historian Jim Bowden served as Grand Marshal, dressed in a 1915 police uniform while acting as Blades’ first police chief – Arthur “Hotsie” Hatfield. Alongside Mr. Bowden rode Chief Hatfield’s grand-daughter – Ann Blake.

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This fire engine leads others from the Blades Volunteer Fire Company in the town’s 100-year anniversary parade.

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