The Wilmington Jaycees annual Christmas Parade returns Nov. 27, after taking last year off because of COV ID-19.
The parade will feature floats, antique cars, local celebrities, community groups, marching and string bands, among other performers and of course, the star of the show, Santa Claus.
Children once again will be encouraged to write a letter to Santa and drop it off as he passes by during the 57th parade. If they’d like a reply, a complete mailing address, including zip code, should be included. The Jaycees will work with Santa and his elves to make every effort to answer each letter.
The parade long has been considered the unofficial start to holiday shopping and events, coming the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Mayor Mike Purzycki hailed the return.
“We are happy to help the Wilmington Jaycees after all they have done over many years to organize this special event, which has become an enjoyable holiday tradition that people look forward to every year,” he said in a press release. “We all look forward to Santa’s return visit to Wilmington this year.”
The organization is seeking volunteers and parade participants. Those who are interested should go to www.wilmingtonjaycees.org no later than Oct. 31.
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’s “ER” star Evette Freeman; “Welcome Back Kotter” star Ron Pallilo; and singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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