Holiday Guide

Who, What, When, Where of Christmas Parade

Nov 10, 2017

It’s natural to think of Long Beach Island for Fourth of July parties, less so to think about being on the Island to kick off the Christmas season. If you haven’t been to the Ship Bottom Christmas Parade  then you haven’t seen the Island’s gateway community at its celebratory best. Long Beach Boulevard is transformed from a five-lane main thoroughfare into Santa Claus Lane. Here’s what you need to know to successfully maneuver through the borough for this year’s 38th annual parade.

• Date: Saturday, Dec. 2

• Time: 1 to 3 p.m.

• Where: Fifth to 25th Street along the Boulevard; judging station is at 16th and the Boulevard

• Theme: Deck the Hulls

• Grand Marshal: Robert Potter

• Registration: shipbottom.srsd.net/registration

• Announcers: Students from the Southern Regional News Network are announcing the parade.

• What to wear: Remember to dress in layers so you can take away as needed, and comfortable shoes

• What to bring: Beach chairs or blankets if you want to sit during the parade. Don’t forget to bring your letters to Santa Claus for the postal cancellation stamp

• Restrooms: Borough Hall and Grace Calvary Church, 17th Street and the Boulevard

Before Santa arrives at the end of the parade, prepare to be entertained by floats, local bands and musicians. Look for the parade broadcast on SNN cable channel 21. And remember, the annual Christmas tree lighting is slated for 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. It’s  sponsored by the Ship Bottom Merchants Association. —G.G.S.

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