Holiday spirit – not the Grinch – steals the show at Georgetown parade

GEORGETOWN – The Grinch was there.

No way was he going to steal Christmas or the holiday spirit on this chilly early December night.

Sights and sounds of the holiday season were on spirited display Thursday night before thousands of spectators during the 2017 Georgetown Christmas Parade.

Presented by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the parade – from the siren start at Georgetown Fire Station 77 to Santa Claus’ grand appearance on the closing Boy Scout Troop 95 float – ran about 90 minutes.

This year’s parade theme was “A Christmas Parade of Lights.”

Church, civic and school organizations were joined by businesses, scouting troops and packs, reigning pageant winners, elected officials, numerous fire companies across Sussex County, car club and Delaware Army National Guard entries as well as marching bands from Sussex Central High School and Sussex Tech High School, and others.

Dancers from First State Community Action Agency and Sussex Dance Academy did not have cold feet; both groups performed synchronized routines before the judges on The Circle.

Georgetown’s 2017 Little League Senior League Softball World Series championship rode on the NRG float as the parade’s collective grand marshal.

Georgetown Volunteer of the Year: Debra Jones

Prior to the parade, Debra Jones, president of the Sussex County Return Day Committee, was honored as Georgetown’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year.

Georgetown Mayor Bill West made the surprise presentation. He presented Ms. Jones with the ceremonial “key” to the city.

“You have been a great part of the town of Georgetown; your volunteering, the great efforts and the pride that you have given to the town of Georgetown,” said Mayor West. “So, on behalf of the council and myself and the people of the community, we wish you the best for being Volunteer of the Year.”

Ms. Jones, who is employed at the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center in Georgetown, assumed the Return Day president’s role in 2016, less than a year before the 2016 Return Day celebration.

Planning is well under way for Return Day 2018 – Sussex County’s unique, one-of-a-kind celebration which will be held two days after the General Election next November.

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