Christmas spirit was in full swing on Saturday at the Wilmington Jaycees’ 55th annual Christmas Parade.
High school marching bands (Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Glasgow High School), dance troupes, colorfully-costumed mummers, local dignitaries, floats and Santa himself traveled up Market Street, waving and smiling brightly to spectators who gathered along the route up to Rodney Square.
Wearing her bright gold medal, 2018 World Team Gymnastics Champion Morgan Hurd served as the parade’s Grand Marshall.
Always the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, the annual parade also highlighted Small Business Saturday.
Faithful Friends Animal Society walked the parade route with adorable dogs dressed up as reindeer – all available for adoption. Ramsey’s Farm dressed up their hay wagons as floats, perching an enormous Christmas present topped with a bright red bow at the back of one and an inflatable Santa face at the rear of another.
And Santa’s elves strolled Market Street collecting letters to Chris Kringle. They walked beside a float carrying a large US mailbox, where every letter goes straight to the North Pole.
Terrific weather – overcast but temps near 50 – and an enthusiastic crowd estimated at more than 5,000 greeted the parade.