Ocean City Today

Drive in Disguise Boardwalk Parade to take place Sat.

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 19, 2017
Seacrets Distillery is represented during Ocean City’s sixth annual Drive in Disguise Boardwalk parade, presented by the Ocean City Downtown Association, last year.

(Oct. 20, 2017) The Wizard of Oz, spiders, witches, goblins, pumpkins, ghosts and the Grinch are a few of the decorated car themes participants have chosen to display during the Drive in Disguise Boardwalk Parade.

“There is no charge for cars or anyone to participate,” said event organizer Nancy Howard. “We hope people will decorate their cars.

“This has evolved into a Halloween festival event. Bicyclists are welcome to come along,” she continued. “We are asking people to register in advance on the Downtown Association website. They can sign up the day of the event and must have auto insurance information with them.”

The seventh annual parade is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. this Saturday on 27th Street. Cars will continue down the Boardwalk and into the inlet parking lot. Once all cars arrive in the lot, a trunk or treat event will commence where parade participants can go car to car and trick-or-treat.

“Once the cars are parked, participants give out candy to the kids,” Howard said. “We ask them not to throw candy during the parade. The trunk or treat is wonderful.”

Presented by the Ocean City Downtown Association, Drive in Disguise has a Halloween theme, and while costumes are not required, residents and visitors enjoy celebrating the upcoming holiday while driving down the Boardwalk showing off their decorated cars, Howard said.

“It’s all in the fun of Halloween and people like to dress up,” she added. “Kids appreciate it and love the trunk or treat out of the parked cars down by the pier.”

After collecting candy, the public can vote for their favorite decorated car for $1, and a People’s Choice trophy along with a few others will be awarded to participants.

In 2016, about 30 cars motored down the boards during the parade and Howard said a number of “die-hard” participants come back every year.

“It is amazing to see the cleverness of people,” Howard said. “We have seen some creative themes. Someone did an Old Bay spice car.”

In addition to the car parade, there will also be a Halloween beach maze and pet parade near the inlet this weekend.

Proceeds from Drive in Disguise will help the Downtown Association put on large light displays in the resort area during Christmastime.

Parade registration forms are available at www.downtownassociation.net. Parade participants can register the day of the event on 27th Street, but must have proof of insurance.

For additional information, contact Howard at 443-235-4405 or email neffiehoward@comcast.net.

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