Cape Gazette

Milton St. Patrick's Day Parade paints the town green

By Nick Roth | Mar 15, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Keith Bennett, left, and Maggie Lingo lead the St. Patrick's Day Parade procession down Union Street in downtown Milton March 10.

Milton — The sound of bagpipes and drums echoed through downtown Milton March 10 as the sixth annual St. Patrick's Day Parade made its way past hundreds of green-wearing spectators on Union and Federal streets. Whether they were Irish or not, families lined the streets of historic Milton to catch a glimpse of leprechauns, four-leaf clovers and all things Irish.

Taking top prize for best float was Seth the Highway Dancer Bratten, who showed off his moves on a flatbed through the entire parade route. Winning the children's division was the Techno Goober float, featuring Jacob Hunter pulling a Ford pickup with his miniature truck and Robbie Payton on the float playing Whac-a-mole with his fellow passengers.

Proceeds from the parade benefited the Milton Fire Department training program, Best Buddies Delaware and Casa San Francisco.

Seth Bratten, the Highway Dancer, showed off his moves throughout the parade route. Bratten's float was named the winner of the parade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The Highway Dancer Seth Bratten took a few hours from his normal post on Route 1 to perform for the hundreds of people who attended the Milton St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Parade Grand Marshal Charlie Fleetwood waves to the crowd on Union Street. Fleetwood has been very active in Milton with the chamber of commerce, historical society and the library. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Tom Kelly helps carry the banner for the Milton Farmers' Market. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
T.J. Schwalm from Salon Milton shows off his skills with the Hula Hoop as he walks past Irish Eyes on Union Street. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
T.J. Schwalm from Salon Milton wowed the crowd with his hula hoop skills. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Incoming Milton Councilman John Collier walked the parade route. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Incoming Milton Councilman Michael Coté walked the parade route with Mayor-elect Marion Jones. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
The dolphin mascot from Community Bank Delaware walked the streets greeting children along the parade route. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Milton Mayor-elect Marion Jones waves to her supporters. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dave Lemmon and his dog Tailer each dressed appropriately for the celebration. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Harry Reid (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Riding in the Sussex County Stamp Club truck is club member Gene Campbell of Milton, who won the honor of the seat in the parade. In the truck bed is Dale, a foxhound and stamp club mascot with owners Jan and Shelby Lachmann, who are not pictured. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Waving to the crowd are (l-r) Luke Pickard and Anna Lopez, daughter of Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jacob Hunter pulls the Techno Goober float through the parade with his miniature truck. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Will Kittrell enjoys himself in the back of the Techno Goober float. The float finished second in the parade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Robbie Payton had fun hitting others in the whac-a-mole style float built by Techno Goober. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dylan Elkins walked through parade route wishing everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Shown are (l-r) Bob Van Vorst, Alycia Hovey and Tabethia Maloney who rode through Milton on horseback representing the American Mustang and Burro Association. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jennifer Wilson rides her horse Merlin with the AMBA group. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jerry LaRosa danced his way through the streets of Milton with the Durning String Band. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Jim Quintiere plays the accordion along with the string band. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joe Forester plays saxophone with his band mates. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Dale Poulliot of the Cape-Atlantic Police and Fire Irish Pipe Brigade of New Jersey plays the bagpipes during the parade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
With his Marine Corps flag in tow, Kevin Tolan plays the bagpipes with his colleagues in the Irish Pipe Brigade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Bob Knorr played drums with the Irish Pipe Brigade. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alex Peterson of the Milton Fire Company was perched in the best seat in the house. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Miss Delaware International Crystal Rush attended the 6th annual Milton St. Patty's day parade. Her platform is autism. She rode with Skye Best. (Source: Submitted)
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