Spirit of Christmas warms up chilly night at Dagsboro parade

DAGSBORO – The heart of Dagsboro was filled with holiday spirit Tuesday night.

Marching bands from Sussex Central and Indian River high schools, floats from businesses, civic and church groups, reigning pageant winners and fire engines and apparatus from many companies in the area comprised the bulk of the 48 entries.

This was Dagsboro’s fifth Christmas parade.

Dagsboro couple Sandie and Howard Gerken were grand marshals for this year’s parade.

Temperature just above the freezing point did not deter bundled-up parade watchers, among them youngsters Liam Wolfe, brother Dean Wolfe and their cousin Simon Maddox, all from Dagsboro.

Liam’s favorite part of the parade was “seeing reindeer … Rudolph,” while Simon was looking forward to “seeing Santa Claus to tell him what I want for Christmas.”

“My favorite part of the parade is seeing my friend Kendall marching in the (Indian River High School) band,” said Dean.

Nia Smith, Color Guard captain for the Indian River High School Marching Band, helps lead the band during its march in the Dagsboro Christmas Parade.

Among the business entries was A & A Air Services, Inc., of Frankford, which was coming off a first-place showing at the Dec. 6 Georgetown Christmas Parade.

Their float featured a series of blowups, including the Grinch, a Christmas tree, a Merry Christmas banner and an ornament along with wrapped presents.

“We took first place in commercial in Georgetown,” Corey Milligan, driver of the A& A Air Services float. “This is our third parade. And we have another this coming Friday night.”

“We like to come out and have a good time,” said Mr. Milligan. “You’ve got to get in the spirit at some point.”

“We’ve had many compliments on the parade this year,” said Dagsboro Town Administrator Cindi Brought. “It’s getting bigger and better each year.”

Undoubtedly, the largest parade entry was that of the Delaware Army National Guard. In addition, National Guard members walked at curbside, distributing boxes full of small toys and coloring books to children.

Santa Claus, of course, was showcased at the tail-end of the parade, riding on a huge Dagsboro fire engine.

Dagsboro Paint & Wallpaper, the Clayton Theatre and Mediacom were primary sponsors of the parade.

Jayne’s Reliables, Heather’s Home Works LLC, and Mountaire Farms were associate sponsors.

Following the parade, the celebration shifted to Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department Station 73 for hot chocolate, cookies and Santa, who met with children to hear their Christmas wishes.

Gumboro Christmas Parade

Friday night, what is being billed as the first-ever Gumboro Christmas Parade will be held. Lineup begins at 6 p.m. at Bay Shore Community Church. The parade will begin at 7 p.m.


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