Millsboro celebrates holiday season with Christmas Parade

Forecasted rain held off and the Millsboro Christmas Parade was a successful go. Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe

MILLSBORO — The holiday season was on parade Saturday in Millsboro — outdoors and indoors.

Forecasted rain held off, the Millsboro Christmas Parade was a successful go, Santa Claus arrived and the towering evergreen outside the Millsboro Town Center was illuminated to unofficially usher in the holiday season.

Sussex County newcomers Kendra and Bo Gainey and 7-year-old daughter Daniella were super-glad they chose to be among the many parade-viewers who took part in post-parade festivities.

“This is our first time here. We are new to the area. We moved from New Jersey,” said Ms. Gainey. “We saw it on Facebook. And we’re so glad we did. The town did a beautiful job. The crafts by the Boy Scouts, the town council, the police, the firemen … everything was so beautiful. We had a great night. And we made great friends tonight from Newark, Delaware.”

“This is our first Christmas Parade, and she (Daniella) loved it,” said Mr. Gainey.

“We’re so glad we came out tonight. There was something else going on in our development, but we decided to come and see what the town was doing,” Ms. Gainey said.

Mayor John Thoroughgood orchestrated the tree-lighting ceremony.

Inside the town center, there was stage entertainment by musicians and singers from Delmarva Christian High School and Lighthouse Christian School, free hot cocoa provided by former town manager Faye Lingo, cookies courtesy of the Millsboro Fire Company Auxiliary and assorted crafts facilitated by Diane Calloway and Kristan Hudson.

“I’d say it was pretty good turnout with the weather (forecast),” said Mayor Thoroughgood.

Santa, who arrived shortly after the tree lighting, greeted children in the town’s new Santa House.

This was the second year for the town’s post-parade event. This year locked doors to the museum housed in the town center were open to the public.

The Millsboro Lions offered free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and other edible options were available from a vendor food truck.

“It seemed like there were quite a few more this year, inside. And I noticed this year people seemed to linger … and that’s good,” said Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson, who saluted the effort of the town staff, public works department, police department, fire company and community volunteers. “A lot of people chipped in and volunteered their time and went the extra mile. I really love this town. It was a great night.”

The spirited atmosphere in Millsboro was magnified by Sussex Central High School’s 33-7 conquest of Salesianum several hours earlier in the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I football championship – the school’s first-ever state football title.
“What a better day than the day that Central wins the championship,” said Mr. Hudson.

“State champs – Division I,” said Ms. Gainey. “We’re very ‘Millsboro Proud’ tonight.”

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