The Wilmington Jaycees’ 50th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 30 in downtown Wilmington at 11 am. For the 3rd consecutive year, the Jaycees are holding the Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.
This annual event “is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and a great community-building event in the City of Wilmington,” said Parade Director Mark A. Oller. “We’re excited about our silver anniversary and are planning special surprises for this fun and exciting family event!”
The parade will feature floats, antique cars, local celebrities, community groups, marching and string bands, among other performers. The ‘star of the show’ will be Santa Claus. Children at the parade are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and drop it off as he passes by during the parade “World’s Largest Mailbox.” (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.
Groups who would like to be considered for participation in the parade should visit www.wilmingtonjaycees.com or call the Jaycees at 302-655-5288 no later than October 31, 2013.
Past Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parades have featured an outstanding selection of local and national celebrities: Luke Matheny, 2011 Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film; Aubrey Plaza, star of NBC Comedy “Parks and Recreation”; Vince Papale who inspired the 2006 movie “Invincible”; A.J. Melendez of “American Idol Juniors”; Sean Patrick Thomas Co-Star of CBS Drama Series “The District” and movies, “The Last Dance” and “Cruel Intentions”; Heavyweight Boxing Champion Michael Spinks; Middleweight Boxing Champion Bernard Hopkins; Olympic Gold Medalist Dionna Harris; Television Stars “ER” Evette Freeman; “Welcome Back Kotter” star Ron Pallilo; Singers – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.; plus many other stars from Sports, Movies, Television, Theater, Publishing, Etc.
The Wilmington Jaycees is a community and leadership development organization for individuals ages 21-40. Please visit www.wilmingtonjaycees.com for more information.