Milford Chronicle

Sponsors, entries for annual community parade sought

MILFORD – Milford’s annual community parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17 along Walnut Street. The parade committee is now seeking sponsors and entries for the annual event which began in 1938.

“A parade is a microcosm of the community. Go to a parade and you can see the Mayor, the policeman of the year, the Elk member of the year, the girl scouts and boy scouts, cheer leaders, hometown heroes like first responders, candidates running for office, scholarship winners, the Clendaniels’ float, local FFA chapters and more. Families and clubs that build floats bond over a common theme, have fun making their ideas come to life and to share their message,” Jim Gray said.

“The annual parade invites several marching bands from Maryland and Delaware that have become crowd favorites throughout the years.  Annually, the parade has more than 10 marching bands. Along with the bands we have an average of 10 fire companies represented. Think back when you were under the age of ten…to see the floats, hear the music, watch the moving parts and lights, it is a very positive memory for most.”

Entries can register until Oct. 8 at www.milfordparade.com without a fee. Sponsors can also find out more information at the same site. The site also has the parade route map, traffic detour map and sponsor list.

Sponsors who contribute $100 receive a sign to place in their window or within their entrance landscaping displaying their support of the parade. Entries are judged according to the theme, “Autumn Spooktacular,” and may receive an award if placed among the top three entries in their division. Burris Logistics is powering this year’s awards.

“We have always accepted any size contribution. Over the years, we have added different types of sponsor levels for businesses and families to consider to support the annual event,” Parade Chairperson Charles Gray said.

“We do not charge a fee for entry into the parade. Although, as with any event, there are costs. We do ask participants to consider a contribution.”

Individuals, costumed families, marching units, civic floats, business floats, political candidates, marching bands and fire companies are featured annually in the event that draws crowds by the hundreds, if not more.

“Our upcoming fundraisers include a quarter auction at the Moose Lodge Sept. 7 and Paint Nite Oct. 6,” he added. “The quarter auction has many items available with participants bidding 25, 50, 75 cents or one dollar and if their number is drawn they win the item. This auction also includes special raffles as well. The tix are $10 admission for first paddle and $1 per each additional paddle to bid with. You can purchase the ‘all in’ paddle which means you are eligible for all auction items at no additional bids for just $25. The doors open at 5 p.m. and refreshments by the moose will be available along with adult beverages. The auction begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.”

The funds will support the community parade which needs additional lighting, sound systems and other security measures to keep everyone safe while having fun.

“Through our partnership with the City of Milford, the annual event attracts 5,000 spectators annually along the 1.7 mile route all along Walnut Street. Come to town early and enjoy food vendors and the shops downtown. The parade begins at 6:30pm at Seabury Avenue and Walnut and finds itself downtown at approximately 6:45pm.  The Milford Church of God also has the second reviewing stand and food as well for purchase along N. Walnut Street. The third reviewing stand is at the Milford Plant and Garden Florist at North Walnut Street near Tenth Street.” Chairperson Gray said.

“We are very grateful for the pre and post work of the city departments – public works, parks and recreation, electric, police, finance, and the city manager’s office. The parade has become a Milford/Delmarva tradition because of the teamwork, sponsors and efforts of the Milford Community and the Parade Committee.”