The third annual Fenwick Island Boat Parade will be held Saturday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Fashioned after an evening in Venice, the parade’s theme this year will be “What is Your Fantasy?” Last year, the theme was a favorite holiday and boats were decorated as the Easter Bunny, Baby New Year, a happy birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
“It can be elaborate as they want, or as simple,” said Gail Warburton, who heads up the event.
“It is sponsored by the Fenwick Island Yacht Club, and three years ago Commodore Bob Clark decided to do it,” continued Warburton. “And we are trying to expand.”
She said the boats start out off of Schultz Road in Fenwick Island, at the north end of Seal Island, and will pass the houses on the back of Schultz and head into the lagoon at Bayard Street Extended and back out. Then, they’ll head up the north side of West West Virginia and back out, and then through the “ditch,” by Catch 54 and Harpoon Hannah’s and will end up back at Seal Island.
“It’s a good time,” said Warburton, “People are out there waving and clapping.”
She encouraged everyone to come out and cheer for their favorite boat. The parade, she noted, is open to all who are interested.
“You don’t have to be a member [of the Yacht Club] or live in Fenwick Island to participate,” she said. “We just need you to register beforehand, so you can get your name on the ballot and turn your theme in.”
Prizes include gift certificates to area restaurants, bottles of wine, T-shirts, hair care products and beach apparel.
Warburton added that the Fenwick Island Yacht Club is accepting members — and people do not need to be a resident of Fenwick to join that either. Besides the parade, the club participates in sailboat races in the summer. She also said that, while mostly pontoon boats participate in the parade, they are open to all kinds.
“We’ve had canoes. We’d take kayaks, Jet Skis. We don’t care!” she said of the variety of parade participants.
For more information or to register, contact Gail Warburton at (302) 539-6467. For more information on the Fenwick Island Yacht Club, contact Commodore Bob Clark at (302) 539-0875.