IRHS students to ‘prom’enade along Bethany boardwalk

Date Published: 
May 9, 2014

Indian River High School students will enjoy an elegant beachside stroll on Saturday, May 10, as the school for the first time hosts its prom Grand March on the boardwalk in Bethany Beach.

“What’s better than to bring out hundreds of kids on the most festive night of the year?” said Diane Comolli, IRHS teacher and class advisor.

With temperatures expected in the upper 70s, IR upperclassmen should have excellent weather to stroll the boardwalk in their sharpest tuxedos and most elegant gowns.

After years with a small-scale Grand March on-location in Rehoboth Beach, the school decided to take things public. Just as Sussex Central High School always hosts its Grand March at The Circle in Georgetown, hundreds of IR students will be able to take advantage of the beautiful ocean scenery they call home.

Family and friends are welcome to bring lawn chairs to the boardwalk to observe the promenade in comfort. Festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m., with DJ Brian Baull of CAT Country. Students will line up at 4 p.m., and the Grand March will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m.

After students glamorously cross the bandstand, they’ll continue to Ocean City, Md., for the rest of their big night, while the community is being invited to stay in downtown Bethany and enjoy the shops and restaurants. Parking is free.

Those are the businesses that support the school year-round, Comolli said, adding that she was excited that people can support them in return. Her goal, she said, has long been to better connect the school to the community, from community grants to student volunteerism.

DelDOT planned to end Bethany Beach Streetscape construction earlier this week and has delayed work on the beachside “loop” until the fall, but, Comolli said, “Even if there’s a ton of construction, the boardwalk is fine and the event will be wonderful.”

In the event of inclement weather, students will be informed via the school district’s AlertNow system that the Grand March will be held in the high school gymnasium on Armory Road in Dagsboro, at the same time.