Parade committee announces theme, fundraiser

MILFORD — “America The Beautiful” will be the theme of this year’s Milford community parade scheduled for October.

Organizers are getting the word out early, so groups can design floats and costumes for this very special theme.

Also in the spirit of the theme, organizers have once again created a one-of-a-kind yard sign for supporters of the parade.

The sign is patriotic and displays both the parade date and pride of the parade.

The signs are a fundraiser and are given to contributors that provide $100 to the parade committee for necessary equipment rental and transportation costs of marching bands attending the annual event.

The sign also has a picture of the parade mascot “Bob” and under his picture is the with “Vote4Bob” written underneath.

“Well, it is a political year and there will be many signs out for one party or the other and local candidates. We thought it would be appropriate to design our sign in good taste that anyone would like to have it adorn their front yard or window.  New this year, we have also imprinted the backside of the sign with the same design,” explained Charles Gray, parade chairperson.

The signs will be available at the skating center April 23 during the Bug and Bud Festival and delivered throughout the summer to contributors within a reasonable distance.

The parade committee also operates the snackbar at the Milford Skating Center from morning until afternoon to help raise additional funds.

“Milford Skating Center has proudly supported the parade annually and given over $30,000 in the last ten years. It is a worthwhile event that brings visitors from all across the Delmarva Peninsula, Pennsylvania and even Virginia to see our parade, our quaint and bustling downtown district and the entire city,” owner Carmen Kemper said.

The committee will be selling breakfast sandwiches from 8-11 a.m. for breakfast, along with several types of juices, coffee and milk. Then the committee will switch over their offerings to hotdogs, pizza, and nachos throughout the afternoon during the Bug & Bud Festival.

The annual parade information can be found at

Interested groups and families can download an entry form – no entry fee, check out the rules, view the parade route, and start planning an evening family event to enjoy.

With the assistance of the city of Milford, departments, police personnel from Milford and from both Kent and Sussex County, along with fire police and community volunteers, the parade is expected to last more than an hour and have more than 10 marching bands, fire trucks, civic group floats, car/truck groups, families in costumes, and business floats.

“It is great to see our community become creative when we introduce our themes.  Some are traditional, others are ‘out of the box’ and still others are just ‘wow,’” stated Mr. Jim Gray, chairman of the board.

Contributions of all sizes are being accepted and can be mailed to: MCP, Inc., PO Box 1153, Milford, DE 19963.  Contributors of the 100 campaign can also contribute online.

Due to the downsizing and/or elimination of transportation budgets for school bands, the parade committee raises money to offset the cost of a participating band’s transportation costs, as well as other costs such as portable restrooms, electrical equipment, etc.

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