OC Christmas Parade Marched Along Coastal Highway on December 5
The time of year to get dressed up in your red and greens, hand out candy canes, march down coastal highway or even just watch as the floats go by.
The 33rd Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marched along Coastal Highway on Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. on Old Landing Road. The parade marched northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Judges stand at 120th Street, featuring more than 50 units, including high school bands, horses, antique cars, colorful holiday floats and more.
“This is the first year in the parade’s three decade history that the Town of Ocean is coordinating the event,” commented Ocean City Special Events Director, Frank Miller. “We wanted to continue the tradition of the event, which is loved by so many, but also add a few new exciting features, including the first ever Masters of Ceremony and post parade reception.”
According to the parade organizers, professional judges reviewed bands and other units in nine categories, with trophies being awarded inside the Carousel Hotel following the parade.
WBOC television anchors Maxine Bentzel and Chris Weimer acted as the Masters of Ceremony, providing a play by play of the parade for spectators.
“We were really excited to take part in the event and see all the excitement,” the WBOC duo said. “It’s an honor, there’s really no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to do something with such a great town.”
Immediately following the parade, an wards presentation and reception was hosted by the Carousel Hotel, and included half-priced ice skating, a DJ playing continuous holiday music and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause. Complimentary winter refreshments were also available at the post-parade event.
“We are really excited to continue the holiday celebrations and long lived tradition of the Ocean City Christmas Parade,” Miller continued. “An extra special thanks goes out to our parade sponsors at Carousel Oceanfront Hotel and Condos, Coca-Cola, The Green Turtle, UA Local 486 and Food Lion, for helping us to continue this family tradition in Ocean City.”