Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.

Now, people can mark their calendars for the Dagsboro Christmas Parade on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., with a rain date of Dec. 12.

The Town is inviting people to join in the parade, including bands, scouts and other youth groups, equestrian/animals, pageant winners, business floats, cars, motorcycles, trucks and much more. The deadline for entries is Dec. 5.

While some parades judge their entries, everyone in the Dagsboro Christmas Parade gets a participation plaque. Baull noted that other towns do that, and it saves the hassle of judging, so everyone can enjoy the parade.

“Obviously, it’s the holiday. Everybody gets in the holiday spirit,” Baull said, estimating that more than 25 years have passed since the Town’s last holiday parade.

So, with a tree-lighting already planned in late November, it was only natural to add a parade, he said. Besides this winter tradition, Baull hinted that people can look forward to a spring event in Katie Helm Park, too.

The parade begins at Indian River High School and ends at the town’s newest landmark, the new Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department’s fire hall on Clayton Street, where those attending the parade may get coffee or hot chocolate and meet with Santa Claus himself.

“I see it as a good aspect for the town,” said firefighter Bryan Townsend. “It brings people in, and it’s good for the community.”

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department has always played a part in the neighboring community parades, Townsend said. But, this year, they get to march and ride in their own town.

Afterward, people can visit the new fire hall and see “This is what’s protecting you” for many years to come, Townsend said.

Donations and sponsorships are always welcome, helping to bolster the event. Licensed vendors may also apply through Town Hall or online. For parade registration or more information, contact Dagsboro Town Hall at (302) 732-3777 or www.TownOfDagsboro.com.