If we have to say goodbye to summer, at least there’s a fun way to do it with the annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year the event takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2 on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.
BETHANY BEACH — New Orleans tradition informs us that when one passes away, a jazz funeral is often times held. Complete with upbeat brass music and costumes, the event, while it is one of mourning, is one of joy and celebration, remembering the good times and milestones of the deceased.
In Bethany Beach, a jazz funeral has been held on Labor Day to send off the summer for more than 25 years.
It was founded by Moss Wagner, a former Bethany Beach councilman and business owner, in 1985, as a way to hold an end of summer event for his employees, friends and local residents.
Wagner hasn’t organized the Jazz Funeral in several years, but today, it’s an event that brings the community together one last time before the season comes to a close.
Three dixieland bands, the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars will provide entertainment over the course of the event.
They’ll proceed from the north end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk to the Bandstand playing tunes such as “Amazing Grace,” “Bason Street Blues,” and “Closer Walk with Thee.”