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CURRENT SITUATION: Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade down Market Street | 11AM, Nov. 26, 2016

Everyone loves a parade. They just do.

Virally infectious joy spread throughout Market on Saturday morning, as bands played and dancers danced and Santa officially came to town.

There was joy atop the float where Rudolph danced and “Beat Bobby Flay” victor Chef Robbie Jester waved to crowds. (Robbie later heard his name announced from a grandstand that stood just steps away from the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, one of the many Wilmington kitchens where he learned his trade.)

There was joy emanating from every wave of Lisa Blunt Rochester’s red-gloved hand, all smiles as she rode the parade route for the first time as our newly elected representative to congress.

And there was joy spotted again, clearly seen on the face of the cop who was standing watch along the parade route, right after he was offered a substantial piece of soft pretzel from a 4-year-old boy, who followed up with a hug.

In front of the Ninth Street Book Shop, a man in top hat and waistcoat stood ready to greet holiday shoppers. Balloons reading “Shop Small” heralded Small Business Saturday outside stores and restaurants bursting with their own holiday cheer. The line for a salted caramel latte stretched nearly to the door of the Brew Ha Ha, but baristas were ready to handle the caffeine rush.

Outside, the marching bands marched by, from Sallies and Thomas McKean and Cab Calloway. Faithful Friends came with faithful pups, and the Boy Scouts brought a big inflatable candy cane. There were Mummers, of course. Sen. Tom Carper walked, because Carper always walks. Miss Wilmington took pictures with young admirers on the city sidewalks, busy sidewalks. Santa arrived with a smile and a hearty ho, and a ho, and a ho, welcoming a season devoted to spreading joy.

Just like a parade.

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