It started as a moment to cheer up a sick friend. The Middletown Hummer parade continues to take on a life of its own in its 40th year.
The parade has all of its traditional spoofs on the year’s events. Christine O’Donnell appeared several times and in several incarnations during the 20 minute parade route.
There were actually real politicians who used the parade as a campaign stop. Both Tim Shelton and Tom Kovack were represenated as they head towards the January 11th special election for New Castle County President.
The “Smyrna shore” led the parade of pop culture events. The Chilean miners even got their own float. Stink bugs even earned a piece of 2010 Delaware pop culture.
Residents lined the streets through the town center. The parade was advertised to kick off at 1pm. In true Hummer fashion it started almost 25 minutes late. When the parade began there two familiar faces and themes to start the parade. Dutch Miller, who’s illness first got his friends to start the parade, was remembered by his grand daughter, Penny Wipf. Veteran parade watchers were surprised when self-proclaimed grand marshall for life Jack Schreppler took off his roller skates this year. He honored his late father George by wearing his father’s fedora instead of the usual top hat.
What will the 2012 Hummers look like? Just pay attention to the news to find out. Meanwhile, enjoy one more look at 2010.