Anniversary Parade, Community Day ARE ON!

The Ocean Pines 50th Anniversary Parade and Community Day will happen as planned despite the forecast for this weekend.

“Mother Nature is invited to the two public celebratory events in Ocean Pines as long as she brings the sun with her,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “We are all crossing our fingers and hoping for a clear sky. If it does drizzle, we’ll all be singing and dancing in the rain.”

Parade organizer Carol Ludwig has been keeping a watchful eye on the weekend’s forecast. Ludwig told the Ocean Pines Association that, “The Ocean Pines 50th Parade is a go for June 2.”

Ludwig is not alone. Community Day organizer Debbie Bennington is also rolling out the carnival-style event despite the possible rain.

“The show will go on as planned,” said Bennington. “I am grateful to all for your help and support, and look forward to a wonderful fun day for all.”

The Parade and Community Day, both sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Mediacom, The Power of 2 Team & Maryland Title, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Avery Hall Insurance and East Coast Construction, are free and open to the public.

The parade, which runs from 10 – 11 a.m. from Harbor Village to White Horse Park, will cause a temporary lane closure along Ocean Parkway from Mumford’s Landing to White Horse Park.

Ocean Pines Police will close that corridor of Ocean Parkway on Saturday, June 2 from 9:45 – 11 a.m. However, the southbound lane of the parkway will remain open for traffic flow.

St. Martins Lane will also remain open. Officers will allow traffic into the Ocean Pines Community Center and Farmers & Artisans Market, located at 235 Ocean Parkway.

“Police are asking that all unnecessary travel be deferred during the parade, if possible,” said Sawyer.

The anniversary fun will then spill over into Veterans Memorial Park, located at 11144 Cathell Road, where residents and nonresidents of Ocean Pines will celebrate the community’s rich history with food, fun and carnival games during the 50th Anniversary Community Day at 1 p.m.

Fun activities will include paintball, balloon darts, ping ball toss, cornhole, spike ball, KanJam, softball toss, Nerf guns, spin art, balloon rockets, duck pond, dunking booth, little and big bounce houses, photo booth, face painting, Plinko board fun and much more.

For more information on the parade and community day, contact Carol Ludwig, event organizer of the Anniversary Parade, at ludwig692@outlook.com or Debbie Bennington, event organizer of the Anniversary Community Day, at debbennington4@gmail.com.

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