Plenty o’ fun planned at Dover’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

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DOVER — With the winter holidays in the rear view and spring flowers starting to bloom, Dover’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday afternoon couldn’t come at a better time.

This year’s 19th annual affair is collaboration between the Downtown Dover Partnership, the city of Dover and the Dover Police Department.

The event has become a Dover tradition, drawing hundreds of spectators each year.

“It’s a great event,” said Mayor Robin Christiansen. “People love coming out to it. They seem excited about it and it’s for everyone.”

The parade starts at 2 p.m., with the lineup beginning at noon at the Duncan Center on the corner of West Loockerman and Slaughter streets.

“It’s been a Dover tradition for more than 20 years,” said Beverly Jackson, administrative assistant for the Downtown Dover Partnership.

“When the parade comes around you know that spring has arrived.”

Mother Nature shut down the parade last year. The cancellation was due to an approaching heavy rain forecast for Dover.

But this year it will be partly sunny, with a high near 59 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

As usual, many local community organizations, bands, floats and car clubs are participating in the fun.

About 50 groups are expected to join the parade and will try to do whatever it takes to earn bragging rights for the year.

“We want to see it happen,” Ms. Jackson said. “Over 50 groups have signed up to participate and we don’t want them to be disappointed.”

Entries will be judged in different categories, including Anything With Wheels, Best Mascot, Best Float, Best Animal, Best Musical Group, Best Marching Band, Adult, High School, Middle School, Most Authentic Irish Theme and Best Overall.

Sen. Brian Bushweller, D-Dover, will be the parade’s grand marshal.

“He comes out with his family every year,” Ms. Jackson said. “We felt he would be the perfect grand marshal during this year’s event.”

Mayor Christiansen hopes everyone comes out and enjoy themselves.

“I can’t wait,” Mayor Christiansen said. “I know everyone is going to have a great time.”

For more information on the parade on Saturday, visit www.DowntownDoverPartnership.com or call 678-2940.

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