Listen for the skirl of bagpipes, the brassy wail of trombones and the screams of fire truck sirens Saturday morning in downtown Wilmington.
What organizers are saying will be one of the largest parades in the city's history steps off at 10 a.m. honoring the 100th anniversary of the Wilmington Fire Department.
The parade, expected to last more than two hours, begins in downtown Wilmington at 16th and King streets and will pass a reviewing stand on Rodney Square. It then will proceed to Fourth and King streets. It is open to the public and parking in the city is free.
"It's going to be extraordinary," said Parade Chairman Mike Hare. "We wanted to have a parade worthy of celebrating the Wilmington Fire Department and I think we achieved it."