Santa Claus is coming to town

As far back as anyone can remember, Christmas has been a time of community. Whether fighting over the last Wii Fit or sharing hot chocolate, it is a season that is best celebrated in numbers. That is why this Friday, Dec. 5, the town of Selbyville will celebrate the holidays with their 48th annual Christmas Parade.

The parade is being sponsored by Food Lion and PNC Bank, and has been coordinated with help from the Bethany-Fenwick area Chamber of Commerce. Deserie Lawrence is the event manager for the Chamber and has been integral in the organization of the parade this year.

“The parade starts at 7 o’clock in downtown Selbyville. Those registered with floats will meet up at PNC Bank, and the parade will run down Church Street,” she noted. “We’ve changed the way were lining up people this year, so things should be less congested than in previous years.

“In this area, the official kick-off for the holiday season is the parade,” Lawrence emphasized, so people are excited. We’ve been watching the weather and it looks like it’s going to be a dry night. It will be cold, but that’s part of the season.”

More than 40 floats, antique cars, beauty queens, clubs and marching bands will parade down the street Friday night.

“We’ve got eight fire companies this year, and we expect them all to bring trucks,” added Lawrence. Mike Bradley from radio station B-101 will be the master of ceremonies, and Santa himself will ride the final float in the parade.

“There is a collection of judges that will judge the show,” Lawrence explained.

Participants will be divided into nine categories for judging: adult/youth marching units, commercial/non-commercial floats, fire company overall/antique, antique cars, marching bands, and custom cars and trucks.

“The first-place winners will receive a trophy, and the runners-up will get certificates,” Lawrence noted. “There’s also an Overall Dazzler award,” which is sponsored by the Coastal Point each year, to honor the best parade participant overall.

All the awards are given out the following week.

To bolster the parade, many of the local vendors and organizations have gotten involved this year, as in years past.

“The Selbyville fire department sells oyster fritters and snacks right in the PNC parking lot,” noted Lawrence. “Other vendors will be walking around on the street. Everyone has been so great getting involved. They’re excited to keep the tradition going, and we like that we can help them do that.”

That’s not the only holiday tradition the Chamber has been working on this year.

“The next big event the Chamber sponsors is the Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos, on New Year’s Day,” noted Lawrence. “We had over 300 people participate last year, with thousands on the beach watching. It’s one of our biggest events.

“Some of the schools are getting involved this year, putting together teams of splashers,” she added. “All the proceeds from that event go to the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, so all the money from that goes back into the community.”

Additional information about the Selbyville Christmas Parade and other Chamber of Commerce events can be found online at 12, to allow county employees to attend the annual county employee luncheon.