PA­RADE

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The Borosiewiczs were just some of the es­ti­mated 10,000 peo­ple who came out on Satur­day af­ter­noon to watch the pa­rade, which fea­tured ap­pear­ances by Santa and the Grinch as well as an ar­ray of floats, marchers and per­for­mances from lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

While the pa­rade has be­come an an­nual tra­di­tion for many county res­i­dents, North East res­i­dent Virginia Hill came to this year’s event after not at­tend­ing for the past few years.

Hill said she had fun see­ing peo­ple she grew up with and at­tended school with. Her fa­vorite part of the pa­rade were see­ing all the chil­dren be­cause she en­joyed see­ing their re­ac­tions to the var­i­ous pa­rade floats and per­for­mances, Hill said. Hill also liked hear­ing the Christ­mas mu­sic.

“It put me in the Christ­mas mood,” she said.

Lori Gri­est, of Port De­posit, came to the pa­rade to see her daugh­ters march with Girl Scouts Troop 522 but also ap­pre­ci­ates the ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing the an­nual event.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing be­cause this is such a big pa­rade and so many peo­ple (come),” she said. “It’s just a big thing for Ce­cil County, so it’s ex­cit­ing for the kids to be a part of it.”

Her daugh­ter, Jas­mine Low- ery, 12, said her troop wore one­sies, pa­ja­mas, Santa hats and boots to rep­re­sent slip­pers as part of their s’mores theme to in­tro­duce the new Girl Scout cookie.

“It was re­ally cool,” Low­ery said. “I liked walk­ing in the pa­rade and hear­ing the march­ing bands and wav­ing and smil­ing to peo­ple.”

There were ap­prox­i­mately 100 en­tries in this year’s pa­rade, said Melissa CookMacKen­zie, North East town ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Those who en­tered had the op­por­tu­nity to win prizes in sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing high school band, an­i­mal and eques­trian. The judges in­cluded Robert Hodge, county coun­cil pres­i­dent, Coun­cil­woman Joyce Bowls­bey, Coun­cil­woman-elect Jackie Gre­gory, Coun­cil­man Ge­orge Patchell and Coun­cil­man Dan Sch­neck­en­burger.

The win­ners are slated to be an­nounced and posted on the North East town web­site later this week, Cook-MacKen­zie said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY MA­LIK GATE­WOOD

The Wilm­ing­ton Blue Rocks mas­cot walks down Main Street dur­ing the Ce­cil County Christ­mas Pa­rade on Satur­day.

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