With the sounds of sleigh bells, marching bands, mummer banjos and Santa’s hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho,” the annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade delighted thousands, who lined Market Street on Saturday. On a picture perfect day, with temperatures near 50 degrees, dozens of parade participants put on a great holiday show for spectators.
The annual parade was filled with lots of local flair, including several youth dance groups, veterans, high school bands, local politicians, and the New Castle County Mounted Police. The colorful Duffy String Band and the world-famous Philadelphia Mummers elicited smiles from people of all ages.
The little ones loved seeing some of their favorite characters such as Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Tigger, Scooby Doo and even DelDot’s Wally the Work Zone Warrior – a local fan favorite. And on every block, kids ran to give letters postmarked for Santa to friendly elves who dropped them in a special North Pole mail box. In a few weeks they’ll find out if their Christmas wishes were fulfilled!