Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade


Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., once again sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club and Town of Selbyville.

“I’m surprised at how many people say, ‘I was in that parade when I was a kid,’” organizer Fran Pretty has said in the past. “So I think that’s a testimony to how people look forward to it.”

People may line the streets from Town Hall to PNC Bank, where the judging and main performances occur.

Besides rocking out to several local high school bands, people can take in appearances by floats, gymnasts, candidates for public office, fire trucks, scout troops, pageant winners, farm equipment, classic cars and much more.

Kids are welcome to join the magic of marching. All children may enter the children’s costume contest, by meeting at 6 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church parking lot. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in five age groups (age 1-4, grades K-1, grades 2-3, grades 4-6, grades 7 and up, plus family groups).

Some incredibly creative costumes have marched through the parade in past years, organizers noted.

The Lions’ 50/50 drawing will help defray the parade’s costs. Past winning tickets have amounted to more than $2,000 dollars. Participants need not be present to win.

Those hungry for more than just entertainment can go to the PNC parking lot. Each year, local groups including the Lions and Selbyville Fire Company, sell food, such as hotdogs, hamburgers and oyster sandwiches.

Bring those old eyeglasses

Local eyeglass wearers may have moved on from an old pair of eyeglasses, but that doesn’t make them useless. The annual parade is once again themed “Sight Night,” and paradegoers are being encouraged to donate old pairs of eyeglasses, which are ultimately distributed to people in need in developing countries. The Indian River High School Leo Club (the Lions’ student service organization) will collect the specs.

Lions Clubs are best known for their sight and vision work, providing glasses to those in need, providing vision tests for young children, fundraising for vision research and addressing other sight issues, such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal transplants and more.

Handicapped parking for the parade is available in the town lot behind the Georgia House restaurant on Main Street.

For more parade information, visit www.townofselbyville.com.