The Wilmington Jaycees’ 58th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 26th in downtown Wilmington at 11 am. After having last year’s fantastic parade, the Jaycees are anxious to return this annual tradition to downtown Wilmington for their 58th time. The Jaycees are again 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, a great community-building event in the City of Wilmington and no better way to meet the small businesses located downtown,” said Delaware Jaycees President & Parade Director Josh Hoveln.
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. (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.
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 several 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.
About the Wilmington Jaycees
The Wilmington Jaycees, a JCI member organization, is a community, individual, and leadership development organization for individuals ages 21-40. The Jaycees are a proactive organization whose members devote themselves to community service in the public interest, to increasing and improving the skills of the individual, and to developing people as leaders of their community. The Wilmington Jaycees have been active for over 80 years. Please visit www.wilmingtonjaycees.org for more information.