What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with the charm of a small-town parade? In the Bethany Beach area, parade lovers have the opportunity to attend two! In addition to the traditional downtown Bethany Beach parade, the Ocean View community of Bear Trap will celebrate the Fourth of July in style with a parade of its own.
Andrea Staniszewski, who plans the Bear Trap parade, explained that the 9 a.m. start time was scheduled so it will not conflict with Bethany’s parade, which begins at noon.
“Our parade is very short, maybe an hour at the most, so it definitely gives people time to go to the Bethany parade. Some of the people who participate in our parade also participate in Bethany. So they’ll come to ours and then go over to Bethany’s.”
This year, the Bear Trap parade will start at the pavilion and run through the main street before returning to the pavilion. Anyone inside or outside the community is allowed to participate, which encourages a big turnout. Last year, the event had several hundred participants — not bad for a little beach community.
Staniszewski is optimistic that this year’s parade will be a hit.
“We have a lot of people participating: a steel drum band, the Millville Fire Department, the Ocean View Police Department, a local Cub Scout troop. People are bringing antique and classic cars, and then we have each street represented in the community.”
Each street will be represented by a banner and a following of residents and children.
The parade will also be judged, and prizes will be given out for such categories as “most patriotic couple” and “best decorated bike.” Singer and entertainer Mario Rocco of Wilmington will be the master of ceremonies.
There will be no activities after the parade, but there will be festivities the following day.
“The next day, July 5, we have a party here for children during the day at Bear Trap. It’s open for owners, renters and guests. It’s a kid’s day party,” she noted. Hot dogs and fun are included.
So this year, Independence Day revelers can deck out themselves, their kids, their bikes and the dog in red, white and blue, and make some memories with a small town parade… twice!