The theme of this year's Lewes Christmas Parade, "Let it Snow," was not an indication of the weather by any stretch of the imagination. Unseasonably mild weather Dec. 1 brought out what organizers say could be a record crowd.
This year's honorary grand marshal was the Lewes Historical Society to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary. More than 85 entries took part in the 90-minute parade through the streets of downtown Lewes.
The annual parade is sponsored by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Judges, who are chamber members and bank branch managers, were Lena Fulton, PNC; Aaron Jelinek, M&T Bank; and Sandy Chandler, Fulton Bank.
2012 Lewes Christmas Parade winners
Most original entry: Preservation Forge.
Classic vehicle: 1. Mini Model T Ford, Bob Miller; 2. 1962 Triumph TR-3, Arnie and June Yoder; 3. 1949 Buick, Griswold Special Care.
Decorated vehicle: 1. 2008 Ford rollback, Hazzard Auto Repair; 2. 1996 Jaguar, Trevor Mees and Betty Burleigh; 3. 2011 Dodge Ram, Doggies at the Beach.
Band: 1. Cape Henlopen High School.
Clowns: 1. Epworth U.M. Church Clowning for Joy.
Fire company: 1. Memorial Fire Department, Slaughter Beach; 2. Frankford Volunteer Fire Company; 3. Rehoboth Beach Fire Company.
Commercial float: 1. Echelon/Schell Brothers/Kids Cottage; 2. Southern Delaware Physical Therapy; 3. Short's Marine.
Community organization float: 1. Literacy Education Assistance Pups; 2. Lewes Lions Club; 3. Para Family.
Youth organization float: 1. Bethel Christian School; 2. Cub Scout Pack 2540; 3. Lewes Girl Scout Troop 1311.
Punkin Chunkin: 1. Jake Burton and teammates with 2012 traveling trophy; 2. Young Glory III, 2012 world champion.
Marching group: 1. Keenote Music Studio/Keenote Chorale; 2. Coastal Dance Academy; 3. Hollymount 4-H Club.
Equestrian: 1. Brayden Redd.
Honorable mention: Cape Henlopen High School ROTC color guard/drill team; Boy Scout Troop 1; Lewes Little League; Cape Vikings Pop Warner cheerleaders; Beacon Middle School Jr. Honor Society; Cape Henlopen High School cheerleaders; Cub Scout Pack 1; Cape Vikings Pop Warner football; Faith UMC youth; Boy Scout Troop 2540; Girl Scout Troop 1482; Lullaby Learning Center; Delaware State School; and Cape Henlopen High School FFA.