Milford's annual parade is scheduled for Wednesday evening, Oct. 16. The parade committee is accepting contributions of any amount and entries. The theme is Hollywood Fever. In most recent years, Redners and Milford Skating Center have sponsored the event along with more than 50 area businesses.
The parade has been a staple of the Milford community and surrounding communities since 1939. With upwards of 30,000 spectators at previous parades, businesses love to contribute and even participate with a float or other entry. Charles Gray, parade chair, said, "Businesses have a captive audience of families. We ask businesses to contribute, but there is not a fee to enter."
Entries are accepted for civic group floats, business floats, marching units, mummers, costumes - both individual and groups, fire apparatus, scholarship winners and political representatives or candidates, horse groups and costumed pets with their costumed owners. To date, 10 bands are scheduled to appear along with two special appearances yet to be revealed. Entries are encouraged to stick with the theme as judges are looking for interpretations of it.
The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 7. More information and a downloadable entry form or electronic entry form link can be found on the Milford Parade Facebook page or at www.milfordparade.com. Sponsorships are still available, and contributions can be mailed to MCP Inc., P.O. Box 1153, Milford, DE 19963. Milford residents received an insert in their electric bill during the August cycle and can place a separate check in their bill return envelope and the committee will receive it.
Gray said, “We have a great working relationship with the City of Milford and the various departments. The police department does an excellent job with crowd control and traffic logistics. We appreciate their efforts and the entire city staff's efforts to help us year after year."
The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Seabury Avenue and Walnut Street and follows Walnut through the heart of downtown and north to the Milford High School grounds; it usually lasts about an hour and a half. The three reviewing stands are at City Hall, Church of God and Gooden's Floral Shop. Lawn chairs, blankets, dining room seats and benches are on the streets early for reserved curbside seating.