Holiday spirit filled downtown Wilmington on Saturday as string bands, dance troupes, floats, cartoon characters, pageant beauties and Santa rolled through the annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade. The parade, which also included high school marching bands, mounted police, fire and National Guard units, traveled up Market Street eliciting smiles and waves from hundreds of young families.
The most creative float was Wally the Work Zone Warrior from DelDot, who looked a bit like a friendly Transformer. Other float favorites included Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Buzz Lightyear, Scooby Doo, Bob the Builder, Elmo, Sulley from Monsters, Inc., Shrek and Fiona, Rudolph and Santa’s many reindeer. The Jaycees Christmas Parade marks the official start of the holiday shopping season in downtown Wilmington.