At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, time falls back, ending Daylight Saving Time for this year. Veteran’s Day falls on a Sunday, so the national holiday doesn’t take place until Monday, Nov. 12, and Thanksgiving is a week earlier for the first time in a long while. But there is still one thing on the calendar that hasn’t changed: the day and time of the annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade.
In fact, the countdown to the 39th annual event is on, and plans for the event, slated for 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, are currently underway. The theme this year is “A Great White Christmas.” Mark your calendars, and remember to bring your letters for Santa Claus for a postal stamp cancellation designed by Dan Villardi.
On the first Saturday of December, 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.
Looking to participate in the parade? To register online, go to shipbottom.srsd.net/registration or visit the borough’s website, shipbottom.org. There is no charge, but to be included in judging for prizes, all participants must be registered by Monday, Nov. 26. Additional parade details, including rules for participating, can be found on the borough’s website by navigating to the visitors tab at the top of the homepage, selecting annual event list and then scrolling to December events.
Sponsorship opportunities, to help pay for parade expenses include but are not limited to: commercial floats, bands on the floats, marching bands, televised exposure, banners, posters and mailings, according to the parade committee.
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 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with a gathering in front the anchor at borough hall for music, hot chocolate and doughnuts.