The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of what Christmas is because the theme this year is, “Simply Christmas.”
“We simply want our participants to decorate their entries to reflect what Christmas means to them,” said Parade Chair Karin Joensen. “This event is billed as a Christmas parade, and this year the committee thought the theme should be just that — ‘Simply Christmas!’”
As always, the floats, marching bands, clubs, cars and trucks, etc., will be judged in their individual categories and could win an award. All participants will be judged for “Best Theme” and overall “Best in The Show.”
The Georgetown Parade has also become known as the Christmas “Balloon” Parade over the years, and “Balloons are back by the bunch,” said Chamber Executive Director Karen Duffield. “We will probably have nearly 1,500 helium balloons at this year’s parade, not only for hand-outs for the kids, but for decorating the judges’ stage and around town.”
“We have some very generous balloon sponsors this year,” Duffield said. They include the Improved Order of Red Men, Blue Water Grill, Bank of Delmarva, Jefferson, Urian, Doaner & Sterne, Comcast Spotlight, McDonald’s, Lewes Dairy, the Sussex Countian, Mark Penuel—State Farm Insurance, Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant and PATS Aircraft.
VIP Partners sponsor all of the Chamber’s events, including the parade, and in 2014 include Nanticoke Health Services, Del-One, Fulton Bank, the Insurance Market, Perdue Farms, Servpro of Sussex County, Tyndall’s Construction, Wilmington University, NRG, Lighthouse Catering, Sussex Eye Center, County Bank and M&T Bank.