Cape Gazette

Streets are filled during Lewes Christmas Parade

Preservation Forge wins most original entry prize
Dec 06, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Santa Claus arrives atop the Lewes Fire Department's aerial ladder truck at the end of the annual Christmas parade.

The theme of this year's Lewes Christmas Parade, "Let it Snow," was not an indication of the weather by any stretch of the imagination. Unseasonably mild weather Dec. 1 brought out what organizers say could be a record crowd.

This year's honorary grand marshal was the Lewes Historical Society to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary. More than 85 entries took part in the 90-minute parade through the streets of downtown Lewes.

The annual parade is sponsored by the City of Lewes and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. Judges, who are chamber members and bank branch managers, were Lena Fulton, PNC; Aaron Jelinek, M&T Bank; and Sandy Chandler, Fulton Bank.


2012 Lewes Christmas Parade winners

Most original entry: Preservation Forge.

Classic vehicle: 1. Mini Model T Ford, Bob Miller; 2. 1962 Triumph TR-3, Arnie and June Yoder; 3. 1949 Buick, Griswold Special Care.

Decorated vehicle: 1. 2008 Ford rollback, Hazzard Auto Repair; 2. 1996 Jaguar, Trevor Mees and Betty Burleigh; 3. 2011 Dodge Ram, Doggies at the Beach.

Band: 1. Cape Henlopen High School.

Clowns: 1. Epworth U.M. Church Clowning for Joy.

Fire company: 1. Memorial Fire Department, Slaughter Beach; 2. Frankford Volunteer Fire Company; 3. Rehoboth Beach Fire Company.

Commercial float: 1. Echelon/Schell Brothers/Kids Cottage; 2. Southern Delaware Physical Therapy; 3. Short's Marine.

Community organization float: 1. Literacy Education Assistance Pups; 2. Lewes Lions Club; 3. Para Family.

Youth organization float: 1. Bethel Christian School; 2. Cub Scout Pack 2540; 3. Lewes Girl Scout Troop 1311.

Punkin Chunkin: 1. Jake Burton and teammates with 2012 traveling trophy; 2. Young Glory III, 2012 world champion.

Marching group: 1. Keenote Music Studio/Keenote Chorale; 2. Coastal Dance Academy; 3. Hollymount 4-H Club.

Equestrian: 1. Brayden Redd.

Honorable mention: Cape Henlopen High School ROTC color guard/drill team; Boy Scout Troop 1; Lewes Little League; Cape Vikings Pop Warner cheerleaders; Beacon Middle School Jr. Honor Society; Cape Henlopen High School cheerleaders; Cub Scout Pack 1; Cape Vikings Pop Warner football; Faith UMC youth; Boy Scout Troop 2540; Girl Scout Troop 1482; Lullaby Learning Center; Delaware State School; and Cape Henlopen High School FFA.

Although the weather is warm for December, Baylee Ketterman, left, and Madison Parker make snow from the roof of a house on the Schell Brothers, Echelon and Kids Cottage "Winter Wonderland" float. The entry won top honors in the commercial float division. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
John Ellsworth of Preservation Forge in downtown Lewes adds the finishing touches to his family's parade entry, "Christmas Storm in Lewes." The artwork on wheels was the most original entry in the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Peanuts gang assembles on the second-place Southern Delaware Physical Therapy float. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Riders and sitters on the Harry Caswell float choose the correct reading material. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Cape Henlopen High School Band performs for the judges along Savannah Road in downtown Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Coastal Dance Academy high step during a routine on the parade route. The dancers took second-place honors in the marching group division. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Friends and volunteers for the Historic Lewes Farmers Market wave to the large parade crowd. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Hollyday, left, and Fallarina prepare to march in the parade as part of the Epworth Clowning for Joy group. The group won a first-place award. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
With a little help from her mom, Candace, Claire Balliet of Ellendale gets ready for the parade as part of Keenote Music Studio/Keenote Chorale, which was the top marching group in the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jake Burton, captain of Young Glory III, does some last-minute decorating on his world champion air cannon. Burton's team won the 2012 Punkin Chunkin title. The cannon and team won first- and second-place awards. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Cape Vikings Pop Warner cheerleaders are in the holiday mood as they make some noise along the parade route. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Newly elected 6th District Sen. Ernie Lopez waves to the large parade crowd. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Tom King, parade chairman, has been helping to organize parade lineup for many years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Little Miss Georgetown Aubrey Spicer has a perfect vantage point during the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large bear on the Kody's Kids float watches over children riding on the float. The organization assists newborns and at-risk children in Sussex County. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large cat and dog wave to the crowd on the Savannah Animal Hospital float. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Chris and Jackie Funke in their fully restored 1934 Chevy Coupe drive along the parade route. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Bob Miller has ridden his mini Model T in the Lewes parade for more than two decades. Judges selected his car as winner in the classic vehicle division. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Family and friends of Griswold Special Care with Blondie the praying Chihuahua, a little dog that has delighted thousands over the years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Lewes Historical Society was named 2012 parade marshal. Representing the society in the parade are Executive Director Mike DiPaolo, left, and President Russ Allen. Other chamber member and directors rode in a trolley. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Specs the Clown talks to parade judges. The clowns are part of the Epworth United Methodist Church Clowning for Joy ministry. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of Crossfit Lewes demonstrate their fitness by pulling a vehicle along the parade route. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The 946th Army Reserve transportation company in Lewes participates in the parade each year. Twice deployed, the unit is preparing for an upcoming mission to Afghanistan. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes Lions are always part of the Lewes Christmas Parade. The Lions' float won second-place honors in the community organization division. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Owners and their pets cover the Literacy Education Assistance Pups float. The colorful float won first-place honors in the community organization division. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Hope Tyler is dressed for snow as she rides with husband Mike in their award-winning 1962 Austin Healey 3000. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sometimes a little muscle is needed to get parade entries to the end of the route. Preservation Forge's "Christmas Storm in Lewes" needs some human power to get down Savannah Road. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Members of the Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware take little time to get their cars spruced up before the start of the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A large crowd fills the streets of Lewes to watch the annual Christmas parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Lewes Mayor Jim Ford is ready for the parade. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Riding aboard the Jolly Trolley are members of the Beacon Middle School Jr. Honor Society. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jeff Broderick of Lewes drives his restored 1934 Rolls Royce, which was driven in the hit TV series, "The Beverly Hillbillies." (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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