Resort Christmas Parade Date Set

OCEAN CITY – The 25th Annual Ocean City Christmas Parade marches along Coastal Highway on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m.

The holiday parade starts at 100th Street and marches northbound in the southbound lanes of Coastal Highway to the Gold Coast Mall at 115th Street. More than 80 units will participate, including high school bands, horses, llamas, antique cars and colorful floats.

Professional judges will be on hand to review bands and other marching units in nine categories. Trophies will be awarded inside the mall following the parade for first, second and third places in each category, according to Elaine Jarvis of the Gold Coast Mall Merchants Association, sponsor of the Ocean City Christmas Parade. Participants are still welcome to join the parade; call Jarvis at 410-524-9000. There is no charge to participate.

Plenty of seating will be located in the parking lot of the Gold Coast Mall. Spectators will not be permitted to watch the parade from the median area of Coastal Highway. The parade is expected to last approximately two hours. Motorists traveling in the area are reminded that traffic pattern changes will occur starting at approximately 9 a.m.