Ah, the holiday season!!! All over the country you can see people rushing to get ready for it. You can see retailers – both big and small, rolling out their annual discounts. You can see shopping complexes filled with people trying to complete their holiday shopping and you can sense the smell of cookies wafting from the various bakeries. However, there is one other aspect of the holiday season which most of us are not aware of. We are referring to the holiday parade.
Now there are few cities across the United States that observe this tradition. One of these cities is Wilmington, Delaware. This city is the largest in Delaware. Named after the Earl of Wilmington, the city is in the middle of the Brandywine Creek and the Christina River. It is in this city that the Christina River merges with the Delaware River. However, for the past 10 years, this city has also been home to what has been called the Wilmington Holiday Parade.
So what exactly is the parade? Ten years ago, all the counties in the state of Delaware came together and decided to hold a parade. Since Wilmington was the largest city, it was decided that this parade would be held there. The next question on everybody’s mind was the theme of the parade. This was easily answered and they decided to have a holiday theme for the entire parade. It was also decided that the entire city of Wilmington would be shut down for the duration of this parade. The reason was quite simple. Since all the counties in the state of Delaware would be represented, the roads had to be kept empty for the movement of the parade. If you want to visit the Wilmington Holiday parade you can find great travel deals from Spies (in Danish rejsetilbud fra Spies) including offers for flight and hotel on this web page.
This parade is held in the first week of December. The year 2013 saw the parade being held on December 8. The atmosphere was similar to the Fourth of July celebrations. The people of Wilmington got to witness a large number of floats, entertainers and marching bands. The floats are divided into the commercial and non-commercial category. The commercial category as the name suggests is given to floats made by businesses and the non-commercial category involves floats made by charitable organizations.
The parade started at 5:40 PM at the Walnut and Front Street. It travelled towards the southern part of the city from Front to Orange Street and then ended at Water Street. The city saw a huge rush of locals and visitors who witnessed the parade. There were review stands put up on North Water Street to help people get a better view of the festivities. For those who wanted to avoid the rush, the event was streamed live on the web and mobile platforms by WECT.
Each of the floats on display was also judged on the basis of its creativity. In the Commercial category, Eye Associates of Wilmington got the third place, Cape Fear Fair and Expo got the second place with Mainscape Incorporated taking the top honors. In the non-commercial category, the Zion Church got the third place; the YMCA department in Wilmington got the second place with top honors going to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.
So the next time you are planning your holidays, do not miss out on the Wilmington Holiday Parade. If you were able to catch it this time, what was your favorite float? Share your experience with the readers.