A lion, a tiger and the Philly Phanatic…oh yes, these were just a few of the characters present at the Millersville Community Parade held on October 13. This was the 16th annual parade for Millersville, and the theme was “That’s Entertainment.” It was quite the morning with 24 bands, 17 floats, 20 fire/emergency apparatuses, twirlers, impersonators, mascots/costumed characters, antique cars, horse-drawn carriages, 15 live animals, 150+ vehicles, a special honor division, more than 2300 participants plus much more. It was a Community and University event that was sponsored by 68 businesses from all around the area.
The 2012 parade Grand Marshal happened to be Millersville’s very own Dr. Francine G. McNairy. Dr. McNairy is not only an avid community leader; she is also the 13th President of Millersville University. The parade committee reviewed 20 nominations for the prestigious honor of being named Grand Marshal. Grand Marshals are selected every year based on his/her significant contributions to the Millersville community. President McNairy surpassed qualifications for this honor; she is the epitome of community service to Millersville Borough, Millersville University and the surrounding community. She has previously served on multiple boards throughout Lancaster County, and is currently an active member of the Lancaster County community.
Dr. McNairy loves the annual parade and one of her fondest Millersville Community Parade memories is when it snowed last year. The weather didn’t phase the community one bit, as they still came out for the festivities, all wrapped up in blankets to cheer on all participants. This dedication and support showed the real bond between the Millersville community and the University. Also, some of Dr. McNairy’s favorite parts of the parade included zoom, zoom cars, majorettes and marching bands, being partial to the Marauders of course.
This year’s parade chairman was Steven DiGuiseppe, assistant to vice president for alumni & community relations, and the parade emcees were Kelly West and Ronnie Ramone of WROZ-101 The Rose Radio. The parade kicked off at 9 a.m. and lasted around two and a half to three hours, as the participants journeyed the two-mile distance. This parade is one of Lancaster County’s largest parades, and has been an annual event since 1997. Being a CASE Circle of Excellence Special Event award winner, the parade proves to be one of the best events of the year.
Additionally this year, the parade in cooperation with the U.S. Marines, collected toys for the “TOYS for TOTS” Program. Make sure to save the date for next year’s parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 9 a.. To all, keep up the unwavering support for Millersville, go Marauders!