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It’s Christmas in July in Wilmington as the Local Jaycees Prepare for the City’s Annual Christmas Parade

Post Date:07/19/2018 2:00 PM

The organization is getting an early start in seeking volunteers and parade participants for the 55th Annual Parade in November

The Wilmington Jaycees today issued its call for volunteers and participants who would like to be part of Wilmington’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Mayor Mike Purzycki said the City relies each year on the local Jaycees to organize and manage the parade, which includes lining-up the bands and groups that participate in the parade as well as behind-the-scenes volunteers.

“Without the Wilmington Jaycees there would be no Christmas Parade in our City,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We are pleased to help the Jaycees because they have done a great deal over the years to help us kick-off the holiday shopping season and provide an event which everyone enjoys.”

“Besides,” said the Mayor, “Santa needs a place to appear in Wilmington this year and he is used to the parade, so we can’t disappoint him."

Anyone who is interested in marching in the parade or volunteering for a variety of parade-related needs, please contact Wilmington Jaycees Parade co-chairs Alex Mili, at 302.345.0638 or via email at amili@comcast.net, or Mark Oller at 302.388.5223 or via email at moller1968@aol.com.

Co-chair Mili said volunteers will largely serve as block captains to help keep the parade moving along its route. As for the parade itself, Mili said civic groups, marching bands, or any other talents that can be showcased in the parade line-up are welcome to come and provide enjoyment for the community.  He said the parade has a particular need for middle-school aged children who would be willing to wear the costumes of the various cartoon characters that will be featured on the parade floats. 

The Wilmington Jaycees is a community-based leadership development organization that welcomes members who are between the ages 21 to 40.  The Jaycees is a proactive organization devoted to community service in the public interest by increasing and improving the skills of the individual so they developing into leaders of their community. 

Mayor Purzycki today congratulated the Wilmington Jaycees for their leadership of the annual parade as well, and joined with others in congratulating the organization on its 77thanniversary being celebrated this year.

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News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Email: jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

Paul Ford Jr. 
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Email: plford@WilmingtonDE.gov
 
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Digital & Social Media Manager
Mobile: (302) 605-0026
Email: dsanchez@WilmingtonDE.gov

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