Finally the reign of terror perpetuated by political ads ends. I join the citizens of Sussex County, Delaware at Returns Day to celebrate the conclusion (at least here in Delaware) of the mid-term elections. Two days after each election this community gathers at the town circle in Georgetown. Historically, the Election Results were read by the town crier at this gathering. Today the festivities include a patriotic parade, free beer and roasted ox sandwiches.
Local schools close for Returns Day. As a result, high school bands with twirling girls and glistening trombones thrill the curb lined spectators. I love parades with miles of bands and this one is like band-o-mania! Horse drawn carriages and vintage autos transport politicians through the parade. At parade’s end a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem precedes the “Burying of the Hatchet” ceremony.
According to locals murmuring near me, the hatchet may be symbolically buried. But the animosity fueled by the vicious contests somehow survives intact. I guess sharing free beer and roasted ox is not enough to encourage political unity. Kudos to the folks here in Georgetown who deliver a great party and a very musical parade!! Wish someone had warned me to get in line early for a taste of roasted ox!