Holiday spirit on parade in Georgetown

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The Georgetown Boys & Girls Club was among the youth organizations that participated in the Georgetown Christmas Parade.

GEORGETOWN – Holiday spirit went full circle Thursday night in Georgetown.

The Circle and adjoining streets in the historic heart of Georgetown were packed with curbside spectators for the 2015 Georgetown Christmas Parade.

Scores of floats, marching bands, classic cars and trucks, fire engines from many Sussex County companies along with other entries paraded down Market Street, teaming to usher in the holiday season.

The parade, which this year marched to “A Holly Jolly Christmas” theme, culminated with the arrival of Santa Claus, much to the delight of the many youngsters in the crowd.

“We couldn’t have been more pleased with the way everything came together,” said Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Duffield. “The public works department is just doing such an incredible job in preparing for these events. Working hand in hand with the police department, people from the front office in the town, and then with the Chamber and all of our team that comes together, it really was an exceptionally well-received event.”

“All of the feedback so far has been very positive,” said Ms. Duffield. “It was just perfect parade weather. We generally have quite a large lineup. And the crowd seemed to be enthusiastic and it seemed to be as big as ever.”

The Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce presented the parade, with support from VIP partners that included Nanticoke Health Services, Fulton Bank, The Insurance Market, Adams Radio Group, Perdue Farms, Servpro of Sussex County, Wilmington University, NRG, Lighthouse Catering, Sussex Eye Center, County Bank, and M&T Bank.

In conjunction with the event, the Town of Georgetown’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year was announced by Mayor Bill West prior to the start of the parade.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year honoree: Mark Rogers, who doubles a member of the Georgetown Police Department and chief of Georgetown Volunteer Fire Company Station 77.

Riding as parade Grand Marshals were longtime business persons Toby and Carol Givens, former owners of the Givens Flower business that remains in the family.

They, along with Volunteer of the Year honoree Mr. Rogers, rode in convertible luxury provided by Boulevard/Preston Ford.

PARADE AWARDS

Adult/Youth Marching/Walking Group  

First: Delaware Army National Guard.

Second:  Georgetown Boys & Girls Club.

Third: SCHS Army JROTC.

Band

First: Sussex Tech HS Raven Nation.

Second: Delmar HS Band.

Third: Sussex Central HS Golden Knights.

Commercial Float

First: NRG Indian River.

Second: Cadia Rehabilitation.

Third: Delmarva Shorebirds.

Non Commercial/Miscellaneous Float

First:  Savage 10U Baseball.

Second: Nasslers Helping Hands.

Third: Georgetown Little League.

Religious Float        

First: Sussex County Bible Church.

Second: Wesley United Methodist Church.

Third: First Baptist Church.

Scouts Marching-Boy

First: Cub Scouts Pack 95.

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First: Girl Scouts Chesapeake Bay.

Best Theme “Holly Jolly Christmas”

First: Wesley United Methodist Church.

Overall Best in Parade

First: Sussex County Bible Church.

SELBYVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE

The 55th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade is Friday night (Dec. 4).

The parade is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

The Santa’s House will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE PHOTOS

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Sussex Central High School’s marching band performs before the judges’ stand at the Georgetown Christmas Parade.

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Reigning royalty was showcased in the Georgetown Christmas Parade. From left, Miss Georgetown Jenna Hitchens, Little Miss Sussex County Talia Moutzalias and Miss Georgetown Outstanding Teen Rebecca Bristow.

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Georgetown Little League’s reigning 9-10-year-old District 3 championship baseball team rides in Thursday’s Christmas parade in Georgetown.

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Georgetown Mayor Bill West, left, presents Georgetown’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year Mark Rogers the “key to the city” in a ceremony prior to the Georgetown Christmas Parade.

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Merrill Baker Jr. Auto Repair in Georgetown was among the many entries in Thursday’s Georgetown Christmas Parade. Kicking back for the parade ride, from left, Beth Buckingham holding three-month-old Alayna Myer, Austin Buckingham and Merrill Baker Jr.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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