57th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade – Saturday, November 27

57th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade: Nov 27

Wilmington, Delaware – The Wilmington Jaycees’ 57th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 27 in downtown Wilmington at 11 am.  For the eleventh year, the Jaycees are holding the Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. 

This annual event “kicks off the holiday shopping season on Small Business Saturday and is a great community-building event in the City of Wilmington that features string bands, marching bands, dance troupes, and so much more”, said Parade Director Mark Oller. New this year, the Parade will kick off at 2nd and Market Street, will proceed up Market, stop briefly at the Grandstand which will be located at 10th Street, and then end at 11th and Market.  (In the event of rain, announcements for a delayed start will be made on local stations.) 

The Parade will recognize 6 ABC’s Tamala Edwards, and will feature floats, antique cars, local dignitaries, marching bands from Salesianum, Cab Calloway, William Penn, and McKean, the Duffy String Band from Philadelphia, and local community groups who march, dance and cheer.  Popular characters Elsa, Anna, Elmo, Tigger, Scooby Doo, Rocky Bluewinkle, Coaty, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, selected Star Wars characters and others are scheduled to appear.

“Of course, the ‘star of the show’ is always Santa Claus,” said Wilmington Jaycees President Josh Hoveln.  Children are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and give it to Santa’s elves near the end of the parade. (Children should provide their complete mailing address – including zip code – if they would like a reply.)  The Wilmington Jaycees will work with Santa and his elves to make every effort to answer each letter.

Kickoff Small Business Saturday at the Downtown Holiday Village in the 500 block of N. Market Street immediately following the Christmas Parade, featuring holiday themed entertainment and activities, as well as, Pop-Up Shops where you can Shop Small with an array of small businesses throughout Downtown Wilmington. Bring the kids to enjoy book giveaways and activities with the Wilmington Library and the Delaware Historical Society, visit with the Wilmington Fire Department, meet Rocky Bluewinkle, enjoy holiday music and don’t forget to bring food & home good donations for the less fortunate for a chance to win a gift card.

For parking, all metered spaces will be free on the day of the parade.  Free parking is also available at Wilmington Parking Authority lots at 6th & Orange and 8th & Orange in addition to the Customs House Garage under the Doubletree Hotel for those that enter and exit between 10 am and 3 pm on parade day.

For more information, contact Mark Oller at markoller@wilmingtontrust.com or 302-388-5223.

The Wilmington Jaycees, a JCI member organization, is a community, individual, and leadership development organization for individuals ages 21-40.  The Jaycees are a proactive organization whose members devote themselves to community service in the public interest, to increasing and improving the skills of the individual, and to developing people as leaders of their community.  The Wilmington Jaycees have been active for over 80 years.

Author: Wilmington Jaycees

The Jaycees is the longest-running leadership development and community service organization in the City of Wilmington, known for developing leaders and making a difference in the community. Membership is open to adults between the ages of 21 and 40 in and around the Wilmington, Delaware area. Our mission is to provide our members the best opportunities for business development, management, leadership and individual training, community service, and international connections.

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