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Annual Pines Boat Club parade sets sail Saturday

(July 23, 2015) The annual Ocean Pines Boat Club parade returns to the community Saturday, July 25.
The event, formerly a staple of the Pines, took a seven-year hiatus before returning last year.
“It went great,” organizer Steven Stein said. “It was at a different location, on the north side, but everyone seemed to have fun with it.”
This year’s theme is “Days of Yore,” and organizers are encouraging participants to dress up themselves – and their boats, in historical costumes.
Stein compared the event to a Mardi Gras on water.
“It’s pretty neat. Everybody decorates their boat and they have costumes and they just parade up and down the canals,” he said.
The parade casts off from the Swim and Racquet Club on Seabreeze Road in North Ocean Pines. Lineup starts at 11 a.m., and the parade begins at noon with boats circling the community waterways and returning to the start.
Participants do not need to be a member of the club to join.
Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. at the White Horse Park pavilion for Best in Parade, Best Theme, Best Costumes and Best Design.  
“It’s just a fun event,” Stein said. “The Boat Club is basically social, and this is one of our biggest events.”
Entry $10 per boat and a rain date is set for the following day.
To sign up, contact Fred Heinlen at 410-208-3165 or, or Stein at 410-641-8930 or