Wilmington to Welcome Back Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade

SantaSanta makes an appearance at the 56th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade in Wilmington. (Image via City of Wilmington)
The organization is seeking volunteers and parade participants for the 57th Annual Parade on Saturday, November 27

WILMINGTON, DE — Wilmington’s Mayor Mike Purzycki recently announced the return of the annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade to Market Street downtown following a one-year absence due to COVID-19. “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,” said the Mayor. “Without the Wilmington Jaycees there would be no Christmas Parade in our City, and we all look forward to Santa’s return visit to Wilmington this year.”

Wilmington Jaycees’ 57th Annual Christmas Parade

The Wilmington Jaycees’ 57th Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, November 27 in downtown Wilmington at 11 am.  After having to cancel last year’s parade due to the pandemic, the Jaycees are anxious to return this annual tradition to downtown Wilmington.  The Jaycees are again holding the Parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

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This annual event “is the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season and a great community-building event in the City of Wilmington,” said Parade Director Mark A. Oller.

The parade will feature floats, antique cars, local celebrities, community groups, marching and string bands, among other performers.  The ‘star of the show’ will be Santa Claus.  Children at the parade are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and drop it off as he passes by during the parade.  (Children should provide their complete mailing address – including zip code – if they would like a reply.)  The Wilmington Jaycees will work with Santa and his elves to make every effort to answer each letter.

Groups who would like to be considered for participation in the parade should visit www.wilmingtonjaycees.org no later than October 31, 2021.

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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 Stars “ER” Evette Freeman; “Welcome Back Kotter” star Ron Pallilo; Singers – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.; plus many other stars from Sports, Movies, Television, Theater, Publishing, Etc.

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