The Ocean Pines 50th Anniversary Parade will step off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 along Ocean Parkway, with a Community Family Day celebration following the parade at 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.
“Most of us know how much fun we had with previous anniversary parades,” said parade Chairwoman Carol Ludwig. “This one should top them all.”
The Anniversary Committee is now accepting registration for parade participants. The committee invites marching bands, local businesses, organizations, clubs, groups and families to register.
“I am so proud of our three Worcester County high schools. Snow Hill, Pocomoke and Stephen Decatur are forming a combined marching band to strut down Ocean Parkway on our very special day,” said Ludwig.
The cost is $25 per group entry. The registration form is now available online and at the Ocean Pines Administration Building, located at 239 Ocean Parkway.
The parade, which is sponsored by Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Mediacom, The Power of 2 Team & Maryland Title, Chesapeake Utilities Corp, Avery Hall Insurance and East Coast Construction, is free to onlookers and open to the public. There is no entry fee for eligible sponsors, but registration is required.
Parade starts at 10 a.m., while the Community Day begins at 1 p.m.
The Ocean Pines Police Department and Neighborhood Watch volunteers will direct traffic the day of the event. Ocean Parkway will be closed northbound from Harbor Village to White Horse Park from 9:45 a.m. until the parade ends. Parking will be prohibited along northbound lanes of Ocean Parkway.
The judges’ viewing area will be located along Ocean Parkway at White Horse Park, 239 Ocean Parkway. Three Judges’ Choice Awards will be presented.
“We hope the entire community will save the date and come out to participate in the parade and the activities that will be available at the Community Family Day to follow,” said Anniversary Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Cropper-Rines. “It will be a great chance to get outside, meet your neighbors and have some fun.”
For more information on anniversary events or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.