Selbyville Christmas Parade celebrating 50 years

This week will mark the golden anniversary of the Selbyville Christmas Parade. Organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. in downtown Selbyville.

Participants will line up at Church and Railroad Avenues, and the parade will march down Church and Main streets. Food and drink will be available for purchase, such as the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s famous oyster fritters.

Each of the classic parade favorites will be represented in the holiday line-up: antique and custom cars, marching bands, beauty queens, floats, local clubs, businesses, fire companies, and Santa Claus himself.

A panel of three judges will determine winners among the participants in every category. The judges represent the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce.

Food Lion is the presenting sponsor of this year’s parade, with PNC Bank and radio station OC 104 as supporting sponsors. Also, the Coastal Point newspaper is again sponsoring this year’s “Overall Dazzler” award, for the top participant in the entire parade.

The Selbyville Christmas Parade is “a tradition that’s been going on for so long… and it helps the Chamber, as well as the businesses, connect to the town,” said the Chamber Executive Director Carrie Subity.

Selbyville Secretary/Treasurer Debbie McCabe recalled that the parade used to occur during the day, but it was moved to nighttime one year because of a scheduling conflict. That proved to be successful, so the parade Christmas lights have shone brightly at night for more than 20 years now.

In honor of the 50th anniversary, the Chamber hopes to have 50 participants, and this week it was already close to that number.

The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce serves businesses in area towns, and Subity said, “It’s great that we can help out each of the towns in some way.” The Selbyville Christmas Parade, she said, establishes “a great overall feeling of community.”