We all recognize Ocean City, Maryland as the quintessential beach town. The town thrives on beach season, and welcomes visitors from all over the globe to enjoy summer amongst the locals. However, Ocean City still needs recognition for one more aspect: breaking the Guinness World Record’s longest bikini parade. And to document the record-breaking excitement, Spark Productions announced that the Travel Channel will be in attendance on the parade day, this Saturday, August 25. Join in the spirited march in hopes to make history, or simply attend the event in support for worthy causes and the participants.
The parade isn’t just an endeavor to break a record; it benefits several charities. Among recipients are Relay for Life, Surfrider Foundation, and Diakonia. Most are familiar with Relay for Life, the team that raises awareness for cancer research. Surfrider Foundation advocates for the health of beaches across the nation by implementing various acts, such as attempting to ban plastic grocery bags in the hopes to preserve marine life. Diakonia acts as a shelter for the homeless near Worcester County. All are very respectable causes that you can help by simply walking around in your beachwear.
True to form, Ocean City desires to make the parade as memorable and entertaining as possible. On Friday, BJ’s on the Water hosts a kick off party and paddle board regatta from 1 to 5 p.m. Get into the record-breaking spirit by learning about paddle boarding at one of Ocean City’s most beautiful yet casual restaurants. BJ’s also allows prospective participants to sign up during the party. If you can’t make it to BJ’s but still wish to participate, there is on-site registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Princess Royale.
Saturday, as mentioned above, is the day when lines of bikini-clad women parade from Princess Royale Hotel to Carousel Hotel. The start at Princess Royale is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m., and participants round out the parade between 3 and 6 p.m. Essentially, this parade is three hours of history coming alive before your eyes. Or, if you choose to participate, the parade offers roughly three hours of fame instead of the insufficient fifteen minutes.
Naturally, celebrating afterward is warranted even if just to celebrate the effort. Blue Ox Bar & Grill hosts a luau (to correlate with the bikini parade) afterward, from 7 p.m. until the hula dancing halts.
The entertainment continues on August 26 too, with “Local Palooza” at Northside Park. This event is perfect for the whole family as it features twelve musical groups, arts shows, bike stunts, activities for kids, food, and everyone’s favorite: “Sundaes in the Park.” Marylou & The Untouchables headline the event, but other acts include Hot Sauce Sandwich, Monkey Paw, Full Circle, Fallin’ Down 20, and Blake Hailey. Kids and teens will squeal over the Monster Energy BMX team’s high stunts. The music begins when the palooza does: noon. Marylou & The Untouchables close the event from 7 to 9 p.m.
Here’s even more incentive to participate: the first 450 to register get a free beach bag. The registration is more of a donation, that is to be given to charities detailed above. If a free bag doesn’t effectively entice, knowing that all the events are free certainly will. Naturally, drinks and food ordered at the pre and post parties cost, however there’s no admission fee. To learn more about the parade, head to http://uptownbeachbash.com/. Ladies, bikini season isn’t over until a one record is broken and another is made by you!