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