VENTNOR — Star Wars characters, pirates, Cat in the Hat, Barney, firefighters and police, Santa Claus and more will be making their way down Ventnor Avenue Dec. 1 for the city's holiday parade and events.
The city will host its second annual Twilight Holiday Parade and Kid's Block Party for families in the Downbeach area on the first day of the month. Retiring U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, NJ-2nd, and his wife Tina LoBiondo will serve as parade grand marshals.
Holiday events will kick off with the parade at 5 p.m. at Ventnor and Cornwall avenues, which will continue south to Troy Avenue.
The theme is "It's a Small World" and will focus on the diversity of Ventnor's population, city hall officials said. Participants from Ventnor schools will have flags and dress that represent various cultures from around the world.
The city will also honor Arrow Hardware for its 67 years of business. Co-owner Harriet Shore, 82, announced this summer that she was retiring and selling the store's Ventnor Avenue location.
Leaders and organizations participating in the parade will include Assemblymen Vincent Mazzeo and John Armato, both D-Atlantic, Enlightened Solutions, Ventnor Cultural Arts and Dance program, County Freeholder Maureen Kern, the ACUA, Chic-Fil-A, Miss Atlantic County, Holy Trinity Parish choir, Ventnor Education Association, city mayors and commissioners and others.
Businesses featured in the parade will include Isabella's, Dunkin', Vince & Val's, Enlightened Cafe, Sapore Woodfire Pizza and Restaurant, Tom Harris, Jackee Nails, Cardinal Bistro and Krimper Salon.
A block party will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. with horseback rides, inflatables, concessions, entertainment, vendors and more at New Haven and Ventnor avenues.
Parade entries will be accepted through Nov. 23. For application information, contact Sean Gleason at 609-289-2791. For more information on the block party and vendors, contact Shelley D'Orazio at 267-980-7632.