Sea Witch Parade Cancelled for the Second Time Ever
This year, predicted high winds and a coastal nor' Easter have lead the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce to cancel the parade due to safety concerns.
President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce, Carol Everhart, says this is the second time the parade has ever been cancelled in its 29 years. "You have situations where you have floats with a lot of things on those floats that are decorated, kids with costumes, you cannot fly the balloons in the high wind," she says.
Everhart says not only is Sea Witch the biggest festival in Delaware, it's a big boost to the local economy. Local businesses confirm that it brings a ton of traffic through their doors, but they're anticipating the rain to have an impact.
"You might not see the mob on the day of the parade but I still think that a lot more people are going to come down specifically for the food in town, the shopping in town, but obviously the day of there's not going to be nearly the traffic we're used to," says Tim Hancock, General Manager at Buddha's Beads.
The parade may be off but many other events are still on all weekend long. Everhart explains, "Sea Witch Hunt is popular. That's when you pick up a list of clues, best guess gets $300. They're trying to find an invisible Sea Witch. They love the horse parade. They love the dog parade. They love games on the beach with the kids."
Visitors are already in town from Northern Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other places across the country. They're ready to break out their costumes and enjoy the rest of the festival rain or shine.
Rehoboth Avenue will no longer be closing for the Sea Witch Festival. People can still drive in or take Dart Transportation's Sea Witch express routes to all of the many events that are still going on during the festival.
The costume contest is still on despite the parade being cancelled. Photos can be submitted to email@example.com until November 18th.