The Ocean City beach on a happier, sunnier day more conducive to a bikini parade. ( Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan)

The Baltimore Sun reports:

A persistent drizzle that occasionally morphed into a driving rain helped China retain its bikini parade crown Saturday, as only 325 women – out of the thousand-plus needed — answered Ocean City’s call to stage its own parade of world-record proportions.

I reported on the planned event earlier this summer, when Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley told me he was hoping for 2012 bikini marchers. “Families can participate — mothers, daughters, that type of thing,” he told me. “This is a tremendous, top-notch promotional activity.”

Just not in the rain.

“It looks like a typhoon is coming,” one bikini marcher told the paper.

That weather imagery apparently kept many potential bikini marcher back in their hotel rooms or at the outlet malls. Ocean City was not even close to breaking the Guinness World Record, which was recently set in China, with 1,085 bikini marchers in Huludao City.

Though a failure in marching terms, Ocean City’s event — with a $10 entry fee — was still able to raise money for charities. So that’s good.

I can’t help feeling confused by the failure. I mean, the bikini marchers didn’t want to get wet in the rain, but if you think about it, a bikini is technically a bathing suit, which functions as a clothing device that can get wet easily.

I will never understand the beach.