Chamber reports 2009 parade a holiday success story


The Georgetown Christmas “Balloon” Parade, organized by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, went off as scheduled on December 3 and without a hitch this year, and the weather was perfect -clear and (unusually) dry skies, delightfully brisk temps, and only slight winds to help float the Macy-style, jumbo balloons along the parade route. This year’s theme was “A Delaware Christmas,” and Grand Marshall, Carlton Moore of the Historic Georgetown Association, and Jr. Grand Marshall, Aubrey Spicer, 4-year old daughter of Officer Chad Spicer, led the procession with Dave Marvel and Wade Perdue providing the parade commentary. After 108 entries had completed their parade around The Circle and through Georgetown, Santa & Mrs. Claus concluded the line-up, riding high in their sleigh. Tidewater Utilities, Inc. scored the highest marks though with the judges again this year; In addition to winning in the Commercial Float category, it also won overall Best Entry.

Many, many thanks to all our volunteers and the generous parade sponsors this year including Wal-Mart (Chamber VIP Partner), Perdue Farms, Inc., J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co., Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary; Wilmington Trust Bank; County Councilmen, Sam Wilson and Vance Phillips; ServPro of Sussex; Money Mailer; Anonymous Donor; Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP; Tri-Gas & Oil; Bruce A. Rogers, PA; Edward Jones; Jefferson, Urian, Doane & Sterner, PA; Tyndall’s Construction; Schagrin Gas Company; the Town of Georgetown; Brandywine Assisted Living; Money Mailer; Fuqua and Yori, PA; Artesian Water Co.; The Insurance Market; Short Funeral Services; Bob Willey & Sons; Fitzgerald Salvage & Recycling; Mercantile Processing, Inc.; Delaware National Bank; Lighthouse Landing Restaurant, YWCA Delaware; County Bank; and Bank of Delmarva.