SLIDESHOW: Milford Community Parade 2017

See the slideshow below the 2017 results.

MILFORD – Thousands of people lined Walnut Street in the heart of Milford Wednesday night for the annual Milford Community Parade.

“We are very grateful for the volunteers, sponsors and the city and all departments that assisted to pull off this truly wonderful parade,” Charles Gray, chairperson of the committee, said.

More food trucks were added and businesses were open later this year through a promotional partnership with the Downtown Milford Entrepreneur Committee, he added.

Over 100 entries were scheduled to appear and more than ten marching bands stepped the 1.7-mile parade route. Mr. Gray believes what many were not ready for were the great looking, sometimes “out of this world,” floats.

Scout Pack 186 earned a front row entry as the recipient of last year’s Outstanding Spirit Award because of their national parks-themed float last year.

Entry Coordinator Marie Jo Gray said, “They did not disappoint, they were out of the park with this year’s.  You had to see that moon, or was it a huge asteroid?  And that space shuttle, wow.”   Entries had the opportunity to be creative with their interpretation of the theme.

Since 1938, this annual event has historically filled Milford streets, offering an increase in traffic for local restaurants and businesses. Families invite friends and porch parties were held.  The weather was spot on for an evening parade.

The following list describes the awarded entries for this year. Judges are a separate panel from the parade committee. Mr. Gray offered thanks to the Lions Club and their sponsorship. The National Band Judges critique the marching bands and they use the information to prepare for future competitive parades and tournaments of bands.

The 2017 parade winners are:

Bands

Junior Division 4               Division Winner Dover Central Middle School

Senior Division 1              Division Winner Pocomoke High School

Second Place    Washington High School

Third Place         Stephen Decatur High School

Senior Division 2               Division Winner North Caroline High School

Senior Division 4               Division Winner Smyrna High School

Second Place         Sussex Technical High School

Third Place           Dover High School

Drumline                             Division Winner    Del Tech Drum Line

 

Business Floats

1st Place              Westside Restaurant

2nd Place            Tax Chicks

3rd Place             Life Cycle

Civic Float over 18 years old

1st Place              Keeper Of The Stars

2nd Place            Hometown Heros

3rd Place             First Baptist Church

Civic Float under 18 years old

1st Place              Milford Pack 186

2nd Place            First Presbyterian

3rd Place             Diamond Dance Co

School / Class Float

1st Place              Milford High School Cheerleaders

2nd Place            Woodbridge Middle School Cheerleaders

3rd Place             Milford High School FFA

Marching Unit  Youth

1st Place              Cub Scout Pack 116

Marching Unit  Youth

1st Place              Southern Delaware Roller Derby

2nd Place            NASA Space Programs Celebration

Equestrian

1st Place              Horse Power

2nd Place            Adriana Smith

3rd Place             American Mustang & Burro Association

Antique Vehicle

1st Place              Tim Golden, 1967 Corvette Stringray

2nd Place            Classic 1960 Corvette, Richard/Debbie Webb

3rd Place             1963 Chevy Truck, DE Eastern Shore Generals

Themed Decorated Vehicle

1st Place              First State Party Bus

2nd Place            Kensley Blackwell, Little Miss Ellendale

3rd Place             TBD

Costumed Characters Youth

1st Place              First State Dance Academy & Delaware Alliance

Costumed Characters Adult

1st Place              Milford Elks Drug Awareness

Costumed Family

1st Place              The Marshall Family

Group Vehicle

1st Place              Southern Delaware Jeep

2nd Place            Rookery North

3rd Place             Eastern Shore Jeep

Judges decisions are final.  Trophies will be available for pick up at Razor’s Edge Barber Shop Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, October 29. Razor’s Edge is located at 274 Milford-Harrington Highway.


Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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