(Oct. 10, 2014) Yes, you can put on your high-heeled sneakers and your alligator hat, or any other get-up you might prefer to wear during the fourth annual Drive in Disguise Boardwalk Parade on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.
Presented by the Downtown Association of Ocean City, Drive in Disguise employs a Halloween theme, and while costumes are not required, they do add flair to the event, which allows residents and visitors to drive down the Boardwalk if they have a vintage OC license plate.
And for those who don’t have such a plate? Anyone who wants to decorate his or her car can ride the boards for a donation of $25.
Vintage license plates and decorated cars will start on 27th Street. They continue their ride and drive off the Boardwalk at the inlet parking lot.
The public can vote for their favorite decorated car for one dollar. A People’s Choice trophy will be awarded and group photos will be taken of the cars and drivers.
The event continues to grow and include more activities for participants. Last year, about 60 cars motored down the boards.
“Every year, we have more to offer and getting the event out to the people is very important, said event organizer Nancy Howard. “Over 1,600 people have an Ocean City license plate and we would love to have 100 participants this year.”
People who choose to decorate their cars can pick any theme, within tasteful reason, and that can include a favorite sports team or political view.
“Folks really got into the swing of the event last year,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. In addition, a local promotions company, Team Productions, will have a maze and pumpkin race on the beach.
Other local organizations such as Northside Park and AARP will have information booths set up and DJ Biggler from Hot Country 107.7 will be in the inlet parking lot entertaining the crowd.
Several businesses will offer a 15 percent discount for participants the weekend of the event. In addition, Trimper’s Haunted House on the Boardwalk will offer free admission for parade participants.
Proceeds from Drive in Disguise will help the Downtown Association of Ocean City put on more events in the future. Cars must be registered in the Maryland and proof of insurance is required.
To obtain an Ocean City vintage plate, go to www.oceancitymd.gov or call 410-289-8824. The cost is $35 per vehicle, which includes a $25-MVA tag fee and a $10-administrative fee.
Parade registration forms are available at www.downtownassociation.net. For additional information, contact Nancy Howard at 443-235-4405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.