BETHANY BEACH, Del. – On Labor Day weekend, the Town of Bethany Beach, known as the “Quiet Resort,” is unlike any other Atlantic coast beach town. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk is the setting for the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, one of the county’s most unusual “End of Summer Celebrations.”
The 2019 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be celebrated on Labor Day Monday September 2 with activities beginning about 5:30 p.m. at the North end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year's Jazz Funeral events.
At the Jazz Funeral, spectators go to the Bethany Beach Boardwalk on Labor Day Monday and can join in a funeral procession of mourners, along with the combined forces of three Dixieland Jazz Bands, that carry a casket with a mannequin representing "Summer of 2019" to its final resting place at the Boardwalk Bandstand.
The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is based on the Jazz Funerals held in New Orleans. The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is one of only a very few events in the country where all participants are able and encouraged to join in the event, in this case, the funeral procession, according to assistant chairperson Bacon. "Being able to shed a few tears for 'Dearly Departed Summer' is the only requirement for those who join the procession," resort resident Bacon said.
"Visitors and locals of all ages are invited to join in the procession and have as much fun as they want at the Jazz Funeral. We invite those who attend to dress up in their favorite costumes and have a great time."
An overview of the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral can be found at the event’s website, www.jazzfuneral.com.