From the corner of Seabury and Walnut streets, all the way down to 10th Street near Milford High School, hundreds of residents from the Delmarva area will do their best to embody a “Hollywood Fever” theme with floats, costumes and decorations for Milford's annual Community Parade.
From the corner of Seabury and Walnut streets, all the way down to 10th Street near Milford High School, hundreds of residents from the Delmarva area will do their best to embody a "Hollywood Fever" theme with floats, costumes and decorations for Milford's annual Community Parade.
Approximately 10 bands from Delaware and Maryland, 80 floats and 1,500 people will bring glitz and glamour to Milford on the evening of Oct. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m., for this year's 27th annual Community Parade.
But for some, like Pam Prettyman, the parade is about getting together with the family for a night of fun and creativity.
Prettyman's mother, Patricia Clendaniel, participated in the parade every year since the 1940s, and Prettyman said that since attending the event from the age of 2, it has become like a holiday for her family.
"We just made it a family affair," Prettyman said. "It's like a holiday for us and it's basically all about family. Everybody has a good time, everybody pitches in their ideas."
But it's also a way for Prettyman and her family to honor their late mother, who passed away in August 2008.
"She was always so creative. She won contests for best dressed and was even recruited by other parade officials," Prettyman said as she recalled years of different costumes and how her mother always tried to include the entire family. "There are so many different memories as you go down the line. She would come up with some really funny ideas. But her focal point was to get the family together and do something fun."
Parade Chairman Charles Gray also said the most exciting aspect of the Community Parade is seeing the Milford community come together for the night.
"One of the things that always excites me is when I wake up on that Wednesday morning, you can go through town and see the lawn chairs and blankets that are already along the street sides reserving space for residents and friends and family that will visit and watch the parade," Gray said. "It gives you a good feeling that you've done a great event and that they want to come back year after year."
Volunteer Carmen Kemper, who has helped with the parade for 27 years, said she expects close to 10,000 people to attend this year's event.
"We've put Milford on the books as far as this parade is concerned," Kemper said. "We have been the biggest parade in Delmarva for the Halloween holiday. It's really unique and interesting."
Part of the reason the parade stays fresh is that it provides entrants with the challenge of a meeting a specific theme each year, this year encapsulating the world of Hollywood, with a variety of possible outcomes, Kemper said.
"The Hollywood fever is about the paparazzi, the glamour, the lights, the red carpet, so you're gonna see a variety of different things that people have done," Kemper said. "Who knows, you might see Burt Reynolds walking down the street."
From hair salons to boy scouts, all entrants will be judged for originality, creativity and the ability to keep with the "Hollywood Fever" theme.
"It's all about Hollywood, different movies, theater, and creating those costumes for the night of the Hollywood Fever," Kemper said.