Delmar Events
Thursday, December 9th. 1999
Season kicks off with a parade
By Faith Melvin
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the town of Delmar got into the Christmas spirit. The day started off with a visit from Old Saint Nick. The Jolly Old Elf visited the Delmar Fire Department, where boys and girls showed up with lists in hand to place their orders for Christmas Day.
Members of the fire department picked up Santa at Food Lion in State Line Plaza. He traveled by fire truck through the town and to the station, where children were waiting. He handed out apples and oranges, "fresh from the North Pole," and the firemen provided a fire truck and doll for door prizes.
At 2 that afternoon, the Delmar Christmas parade rolled into town. For the second year, Roger Martinson was responsible for the parade.
According to spectators, this year was another success. Most of the town and local government officials were represented, including Rep. Biff Lee, mayors Doug Nibblet and John McDonnell, and Sen. Richard Colburn. Perhaps the best-protected town representative was the Citizen of the Year, Shawn Brittingham. His "secret service agents" did a great job seeing that he made it through the parade safely.
Beauty was also on display in the parade. Little Mr. Day-in-the-Park, Trevor Post, rode with Little Miss Day-in-the-Park, Elise Breda. Little Miss Delmarva, Lauren Massey, was also there.

Community organizations were represented by various floats and displays. Local VFW Posts joined the rank and file as well as the Delmar Junior and Senior band, Pittsville Middle School band and Sussex Tech band. Members of the National Guard 262 Maintenance Company marched in the parade, along with an oversized character from "Rambo" movies.
The Bank of Delmarva float sported a Christmas tree made of computers. Building Blocks Daycare's float displayed a tree with ornaments that represented what the kids would be when they grew up.
The Laurel Cub Scout Pack #90 took home the award for best float. The Scouts constructed a moving sleigh full of toys. They also marched with their float.
Several cars and trucks were displayed. The BMX bike riders were awarded for their showing. The kids demonstrated wheelies and their biking skill.
The Delmar Fire Department was also represented by several trucks and the Little and Big Miss Fire Department.
The finale to the parade was, of course, the man in the red suit. From the back of a fire truck, Santa wished everyone a merry Christmas.