The 2017 theme is "Bethany Beach Celebrates!" The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway and proceed two miles through downtown. In addition to the floats, bikes, and a procession of VIP's, there will be a combination of marching bands and bands on trucks that have become an annual tradiition in true Americana fashion. Bands include:
- 287th Army National Guard Band
- Downtowners Fancy Brigade (Mummers)
- Delmar District Pipe Band
- 1st Delaware Regiment Fife and Drum Band
- Tidewater Brass
- 1st State Detachment Marine Corp League
- Back Bay Strummers
- Downtown Dixieland Band
- German Oompah Band on horse-drawn wagon
- Paddlewheel Strutters
The fun moves to the bandstand at 2:30 where attendees can participate in "Art Thou Smarter Than a Fifth Grader in Ben Franklin Trivia" presented by Ben Franklin impersonator, Brian Patrick Mulligan.
The Award Ceremony will take place on the Bandstand at 7:15 p.m. Judging will take place before the parade begins. Classic cover band Love Seed Mama Jump will go on at 7:30 providing the evening entertainment before the fireworks display. There is no rain date. For updates visit www.townofbethanybeach.com.