If you want to see an amped-up old-fashioned parade, check out Saturday’s event that marks the 100th anniversary of the Wilmington Fire Department, the state’s only non-volunteer company.
The parade will feature more than 20 bands and more than 40 fire companies, as well as police agencies, paramedics, and emergency services.
If it’s anything like the Volunteer Fireman’s Association parades of the past, expect to spend some time admiring the shiny equipment and multiple marching units.
The parade starts at 16th and King Streets and proceeds past the Rodney Square reviewing stand to 4th and King Streets.
A committee head by former City Council member Mike Hare of Buccini/Pollin Group organized the parade and gained strong support from the business community.
The department has seen its share of challenges in recent years, including the deaths of three firefighters in an intentionally set house fire. It will be an excellent time to honor the department and its people.
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