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Southern Delaware
Deadline to enter Milford Community Parade approaching
The Milford Skating Center will host a fund raiser to support the annual Milford Community Parade at 6:30 on Oct. 9 at the center in downtown Milford. There are prizes available during the fund raising effort like these I-bot lights.
(Special to The Chronicle/Community Parade Organizers)

MILFORD — The Milford Community Paradeis set for Oct. 16. The deadline to enter is Oct. 7.

No fee is associated with entering the parade, according to parade organizers. Entries may include families dressed in costume, car/truck clubs, marching units, scouts, 4-H, marching bands, fire companies, civic groups, and businesses.

The parade's theme is "Hollywood Fever."

Organizers have been working throughout the year to solidify plans, gain volunteers and sponsors for the annual event.

“Anyone can participate, but they must be registered. This year's theme is very easy so we expect a variety of entries. In the last couple of years, we have also seen more participation from outside Milford. The parade has been a long standing tradition now in its 27th year," said Charles Gray, 2013 Chairperson of the parade.

The parade committee has participated in several fundraising events to help offset the costs of the parade. The Milford Skating Center has hosted a Pizza Skating Party annually for more than 15 years.

“Families love to come out and support the parade and have a great family experience in the process. The party includes all you can eat pizza for just $3 at the door and $2 for skates. Parents do not have to skate to enter but do pay $3. Beverages are not included in the entry fee,” Mr. Gray said.

Marlee Gray, one of the youngest parade committee members said, “I especially like it because of the neat prizes you can win like the i-bots.”

The portable lights are good for reading and other fun activities you can do without the lights on. Also included in the prizes are two limo rides courtesy of Racing Limos of Dover. The limos are slick with racing decals and racing neon theme inside.

Vanessa Laughman, committee member, said, "Racing Limos of Dover have been a sponsor of the event for many years and we appreciate their support. Jonny Nichols Landscape Maintenance Incorporated has also been a devoted sponsor of the parade. Each year, we publish the list of sponsors and ask everyone to visit the businesses and call the individuals they may know and personally thank them for their support of the parade. Without our sponsors, the committee could not make the parade happen."

This year’s pizza skating party set for 6:30-9 p.m. on Oct. at the Milford Skating Center, 1 Park Avenue, in downtown Milford, Delaware. Children in the Milford School District do not have school the next day.

Every parade has their local band and this year the Central Academy will join the parade for the first time. Marching bands from Maryland and Delaware will also perform with more than 10 bands slated to appear.

“We wouldn't have as many bands as we do without our contributors,” Jim Gray, band coordinator explained. “Without us providing a portion of transportation money to the schools, most would not be able to participate. So when you contribute, you are not only bringing a great parade together, you are also supporting a school in the performing arts program. This aspect is often overlooked even by performing art supporters. We take pride in providing a ‘stage’ for young aspiring artists to perform. The Smyrna Firemen's Band is a collaboration of musicians from various ages that love to perform together and have an appreciation for the fire department. Playing a musical instrument isn't just for making money as a superstar, it is a lifelong endeavor enjoyed by others and especially the artist.”

For more information, and online registration or downloadable entry form for the Milford Community Parade, visit www.milfordparade.com or www.facebook.com/milfordparade.

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