‘Autumn Spooktacular’: Milford Community Parade steps off Wednesday

The crew from Westside Diner in Milford show off their best costumes during 2017’s Milford Community Parade.
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MILFORD — The Milford Community Parade is easily the largest parade to find its way through Milford each year.

This year’s “Autumn Spooktacular” event will take place Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of parade participants are expected to march down Walnut Street as thousands gather to watch and cheer them along.

“We expect to see some fun and scary entries this year. We like to see how groups interpret the theme to get their messages out or fun things to share in the celebration,” parade chairman Charles Gray said. “Families arrive downtown early and get a bite to eat at the vendors’ locations and stake their claim to their viewing space, too.”

Last year’s theme, “To the stars and beyond,” brought some out-of-this-world space-themed entries to downtown Milford. Each year, entries are judged throughout the night by community members placed at judging stands along the route. Top entries are awarded prizes by category, provided through sponsorship by Burris Logistics.

“Some of the entries were incredible,” said Carmen Kemper, treasurer and parade night official, of last year’s event.

Among top awardees was the First Presbyterian Church of Milford, which received the Outstanding Spirit Award for taking their participation to new heights.

Southern Delaware Roller Derby’s team shows up in style, rolling through the Milford Community Parade last year.
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“Not only did they participate in the parade, they offered a presentation, free to the public, about the NASA spacesuit program from a local company responsible for constructing the spacesuits,” Ms. Kemper said.

Each entry is unique; that may be the best part, according to entry coordinator Marie Jo Gray.

“Our favorite part is watching the procession of community groups that have reused items to decorate or construct their idea,” she said.

There will be three reviewing stands located along the 1.7-mile parade route on Walnut Street. According to the committee, each stand will have a master of ceremonies from Delmarva Broadcasting Company, portable restrooms and a vendor. Additional vendors will be located downtown, as well.

Volunteers from Milford’s Pop Warner Football will provide concessions at a stand located at City Hall with a radio personality from Eagle 97.7. B&B Concessions and Dixie Downhome Cooking will be available at the Riverwalk and Park Avenue respectively.

The Clendaniel family, long-time parade participants, stand with their float last year during the Milford Community Parade.
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Church of God volunteers will offer food and drinks for sale at their location while a radio show host from 105.9 The Wave runs that judging stand. A radio personality from Cool 101.3 will be located at the Milford Plant and Garden Shop closer to the end of the parade route.

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their commitment to us to continue having successful parades,” Mr. Gray said.

“Companies like Burris Logistics, Milford Rent-All, Wilson Auction Sales, County Bank, i.g. Burton & Co. and many more, as well as the families and individuals that contribute, as well. We have had a couple new fundraisers this year that included a quarter auction, paint night and virtual carved pumpkins that assist us in raising the necessary funds.”.

Up-to-date information about fundraisers, the parade route, detours and entry applications can be found at www.milfordparade.com.

Jennifer Antonik writes special reports for the Delaware State News

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