A 35-year-old tradition will look a little different this year.
Due to COVID-19, the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce has decided to hold it’s annual Christmas by the Sea Parade in a “flip flopped format.”
This year, the parade units will be stationary and the spectators will drive past them.
The parade will be held on December 5th from 1 – 4 p.m. on E. Dolphin Drive in Oak Island.
“Although this is something new – we hope that it brings the same excitement and fun for everyone,” said Jackie Pappas, Parade co-chair for the Chamber.
Pappas added that if you want to help decorate a float you can sign up by going to www.christmasbytheseaparade.com.
If you are planning to drive through the parade, you will only be allowed to do so in a car, truck, or golf cart.
The parade route will be one-way on E. Dolphin drive. It will kick off at 1 p.m with a ribbon cutting hosted by Santa himself. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then lead traffic down the street past over 75 parade units. The route will be open to spectators until 4 p.m.
“The parade is a cherished holiday tradition, we just couldn’t let 2020 end without having it,” Pappas said.
For more information visit the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce website by clicking here.
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