Holiday spirit set with parades, caroling events

SUSSEX COUNTY — Santa Claus will be a busy traveler as holiday spirit will be on parade in early December in Sussex County.

The wave of parades kicks off this Friday, Dec. 1 in Selbyville and Laurel and wraps up Saturday, Dec. 9 in Bridgeville.

Sandwiched in between are parades in Millsboro, Georgetown, Dagsboro, Seaford, Delmar, Lewes, Milton and Rehoboth Beach.

The annual Georgetown Parade, a longtime staple sponsored by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, will feature a special attraction. Georgetown Little League’s world champion Senior Softball team has been invited to serve as the parade’s collective grand marshal.

All players, manager and coaches have been invited to ride in the parade, which begins at 7 p.m.

“The fire department will blow the fire whistle and it will start,” said Donna Koskey, chairwoman for the Georgetown parade.

On Monday, Dec. 4, it’s the 34th edition of Caroling on The Circle – Sussex County’s annual gathering that rings in the season in conjunction with a food collection drive for the needy. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. in the circular heart of Georgetown.

This year’s holiday parades, in chronological order.

Friday, Dec. 1

Selbyville

Food, fun, floats, marching bands, pageant queens, fire engines, classic cars and much more is in store during the 57th Annual Selbyville Christmas Parade.

The parade will start at 7 p.m.

Santa will ride in the parade. Prior to the parade, St. Nick will be in the Santa House at 5:30 p.m. prior.

Parade categories include: Adult Marching Unit, Antique Cars & Trucks, Commercial Float, Custom Cars & Trucks, Fire Company, Marching Band, Non-Commercial Float, Youth Marching Unit, Overall Dazzler.

All entry forms are due by Wednesday, Nov. 22.

To register or more information, visit the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce website at: www.thequietresorts.com.

Laurel

Laurel’s 2017 Christmas Parade will march to a “Country Christmas” theme.

The parade starts at 7 p.m. with lineup starting at 6 p.m. at the S. Central Avenue at Evergreen Drive and Oak Lane Drive. The parade will follow the familiar route, north on Market Street.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Millsboro

The 67th Annual Millsboro Parade is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Parade lineup starts at 3 p.m. at the M&T Bank Call Center parking area on Mitchell Street.

Presented by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the parade has been moved back to a late afternoon/early evening showcase after a daytime event in 2016.

Of course, Santa will ride in the parade.

Following the parade, the festive celebration shifts to the Millsboro Town Center for a town-sponsored tree lighting ceremony as well as caroling, hot chocolate and activities for children. That is scheduled to begin at approximately 7 p.m.

For parade rules and entry applications, visit the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce website at: www.millsborochamber.com.

The Santa House will be there and open I believe after the parade date.

Lewes

This year marks the 86th Annual Lewes Christmas Parade.

Immediately following Santa’s appearance on the Lewes Fire Department truck, there will be the Christmas tree lighting in Zwaanendael Park with caroling around the tree.

The parade will begin at 5 pm.

Rain date is Dec. 9.

For more information, call the chamber at 645-8073.

Seaford

Billed as one of the largest holiday parades in the area, the Seaford Christmas Parade on Dec. 2 will step off at 7 p.m.

The parade route is Pennsylvania Avenue and High Street, north at Royal Farms on Market Street to Seaford high School.

This year’s theme is A Season of Lights.

The parade is a collaborative effort of the Downtown Seaford Association in conjunction with the city of Seaford and other supporting organizations.

Online registration and information will be available on the city of Seaford web site.

Delmar

Sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, the Delmar Christmas Parade parade will begin at 2 p.m.

Participation is free. Trophies and plaques will be awarded in the following categories: school band, float, fire department, vehicles, unique entry as well as two judges awards.

The rain date is Saturday, Dec. 16.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Dagsboro

Dagsboro’s Christmas parade will begin at 7 p.m.

The rain date is Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Ray Steele, an honored educator and coach, will serve as parade grand marshal.

Mr. Steele is a three-time Teacher of the Year and a member of the Indian River High School Hall of Fame. He spent nearly 40 years as both a teacher and football and baseball coach. His 2011 football team won a state championship.

Parade Line-up at Indian River High School’s rear entrance at 5:30 p.m.

The parade ends at the Dagsboro Fire Hall on Clayton Street. Parade participants will not be permitted to return to IRHS. All pick-ups must occur at fire hall.

Categories include: Commercial Float (limit one per business), Non-Commercial Float; Marching Unit; Adult Marching Unit; Youth Marching Band; Antique & Classic Cars; Cars Trucks, Vans; Car Club; Fire company (limit three per department); Equestrian/Animals; Motorcycle, Golf Cart, ATV; Club; Pageant Winners

There is a maximum trailer size of 53 feet.

For safety reasons organizers ask that no candy be thrown from floats or vehicles. Also, no live representation of Santa Claus is allowed on floats or in vehicles.

The town is providing Santa as the finale to the parade.

Entry deadline is no later than Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Parade registration can be mailed to P.O, Box 420, Dagsboro, DE 19939 or emailed to Cindi Brought tadagsboro@mediacombb.net.

Rehoboth Beach

The 2017 Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade will be presented by the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company in cooperation with the City of Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The Dec. 5 parade will be followed by Santa’s Christmas Party at the Rehoboth Fire Station.

There is no rain date for the parade.

For more information or to request that we mail you a registration form, call the Hometown Parade voicemail at 542-6802 or email christmasparade@rehobothbeachfire.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Milton

Sponsored by the Milton Fire Company, Milton’s Hometown Christmas Parade Dec. 6 runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

It starts at Union and Atlantic street and goes down Union Street, up Federal Street and ends at Milton Elementary School.

For more information call 684.8500. Registration forms are available at the fire hall on 116 Front Street, Milton.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Georgetown

Presented by the Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown’s 2017 parade will begin at 7 p.m. and march to “Christmas Parade of Lights” theme.

Parade lineup is at 6:30 p.m. along Pine Street in the area of National Guard Armory.

Organizers remind entrants that the chamber will provide Santa Claus. Also, throwing of candy is not allowed; it may be handed out by walkers.

Dave Marvel returns as parade emcee.

The Santa House, provided by the town of Georgetown, is scheduled to be open from 5:30 p.m. to about 6:30 p.m. on The Circle.

For more information, call 856-1544.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Bridgeville

Cancelled in 2016 due to inclement weather, the first Bridgeville Christmas Parade is set for 4:30 p.m.

The parade will begin on the west side of town and travel along Market Street, turning right at Main Street to Delaware Avenue.

Sunday, Dec. 10 is the inclement weather date.

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