The Big Chill! Dagsboro parade filled with holiday spirit

DAGSBORO – A chilling nip of winter was in the air.

And that very familiar jolly old elf was on the back of an antique fire engine.

The fourth annual Dagsboro Christmas Parade took center-stage Wednesday night, much to the delight of spectators positioned for viewing along Main Street and Clayton Street.

Local businesses, town officials, church, civic, scouting, emergency medical services and several Indian River High School organizations joined town police and fire service entries from Selbyville, Frankford, Millsboro, Roxana, Indian River and home-standing Dagsboro in the parade procession.

Santa Claus had a caboose ride rode at the end on Dagsboro’s antique 1956 fire engine. Following the parade Santa took a seat in the Station 73 fire hall for photo opts with kids.

Honorary parade grand marshal was Ray Steele, a beloved teacher and coach at Indian River High School. Three times Mr. Steele was honored as Teacher of the Year and he is a member of the Indian River High School Hall of Fame.

Mr. Steele spent nearly 40 years as both a teacher and football and baseball coach. His 2011 IRHS football team went 12-0 in winning the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Division II state championship.

This year’s parade sponsors included Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, First Choice Services and Mediacom. Jayne’s Reliable and Heather’s Homeworks contributed support as associate sponsors.

Organizers also recognized Shipwrecked, another local business, for its support, along with Dagsboro town staff, the town’s police department along with Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department and fire police for assistance and support in staging the parade.

Free hot chocolate, cookies – and in some cases warmth! – were provided after the parade at the fire hall.

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