Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade an Island Tradition

Nov 28, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, but the real fun of the holiday season is just beginning. It kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 with the 39th annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade.

The theme this year is “A Great White Christmas.” The parade runs along Long Beach Boulevard from Fifth to 25th Street with the judging stand at 16th Street and the Boulevard. Remember to dress in layers so you can add or take away clothing as determined by the weather. Wear comfortable shoes and bring chairs or blankets if you want to sit during the parade. Restrooms are located at borough hall and Grace Calvary Church, 17th Street and the Boulevard.

Remember to bring your letters for Santa Claus for a postal stamp cancellation designed by Dan Villardi. A trophy is given to the overall winner. Cash prizes, given by Maggie O’Neill of Mary Allen Realty, will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Don’t wait until the parade to get in the Christmas spirit – remember the borough’s tree lighting, sponsored by the Ship Bottom Merchants Association, is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with a gathering in front of the anchor at borough hall for music, hot chocolate and doughnuts.  —G.G.S.

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