Join the holiday magic: Parade registrations open

Date Published: 
Nov. 10, 2017

Now’s the time to sign up for local Christmas parades. People can build a float, decorate a car, or gather an organization to participate in brightening the holiday season.

Holiday parades are returning to Selbyville, Dagsboro, Millsboro and Georgetown in early December, so registration is due within the next few weeks.

Parades invite all corners of the community, including marching bands, choirs, civic groups, businesses, religious groups, elected officials, pageant winners, youth groups and more. Automobiles always make a big splash, like antique or muscle cars, antique tractors, fire trucks and more.

Participants are welcome to entertain audiences throughout the parade route, not just at the grandstand, with live music, caroling or other performances.

Parades are free for spectators and for floats. Participants should closely read individual parade rules regarding animals, distributing candy or other items. No one may include a live Santa Claus except for the organizers. Carpooling is encouraged.

Here are registration details for the four local parades.

Selbyville Christmas Parade

The Southern Sussex Rotary has taken up the baton to organize the Selbyville Christmas Parade, which returns Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

Floats will be competing for bragging rights and best-of awards as they march along Church Street, from Town Hall to Main Street. Parking is available throughout town.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Registration can be completed online at

Vendor registration can be downloaded and submitted via mail, email or fax.

For more information, call (302) 539-5177 or email

Dagsboro Christmas Parade

Dagsboro Christmas Parade has been moved to a Tuesday night this year, on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The rain date will be Dec. 6.

Sign in will open at 5 p.m., with lineup at 5:30 p.m. at Indian River High School student parking lots.

The parade marches from the back entrance toward Clayton Avenue and Main Street, ending at Dagsboro Fire Hall on Clayton Street. Entrants will not be permitted to return to the high school.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 28. Parade entry forms are online at Forms may be submitted by mail or email.

For vendor forms or more information, contact Dagsboro Town Hall at (302) 732-3777.

Millsboro Christmas Parade

The Millsboro Christmas Parade returns to an evening schedule on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m.

Lineup will begin at 3:00 p.m. at M&T Bank on Mitchell Street. Parade marches north and east to Wilson Highway and Main Street. End-of-parade pickup will be at Millsboro Middle School.

Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 24 (no exceptions). Registration forms can be downloaded and returned via mail or fax.

For questions, call Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at (302) 934-6777.

Georgetown Christmas Parade

This year’s theme is “Parade of Lights” when Georgetown Christmas Parade returns Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at West Pine Street and marches through The Circle and east on East Market Street. End-of-parade pickup will be at Georgetown Little League. There will be no parking at Grace United Methodist Church this year.

Participation certificates will be given out. The Grand Marshals this year will be the 2017 Senior League Softball World Series champions.

Registration is due by Monday, Nov. 20. Registration forms are online and can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Chamber. Details are online at For questions, call Jamie Donato at Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (302) 856-1544.