Night in Venice boat parade sails into Ocean City July 28
There will also be musical, comical and children’s boats.
“There are plenty of people that love Night in Venice,” says year-round Ocean City resident Peaches Lukens. “Ocean City is big on its traditions.”
Her daughter Halley, 26, likes keeping the tradition alive by spending Night in Venice at her grandmother’s condo on the bay.
“I like it because it’s something I grew up with every year,” she says. “For the last five years or so all of my friends come to my grandma’s condo and a DJ is hired. It’s one big fun party and tradition.”
Since the turn of the 19th century, Ocean City has been holding yearly summer boat parades, with “Night in Venice” emerging in 1954.
Throughout the years, Night in Venice went on to include various themes that were issued by the city for storefronts, shore homes and boats to decorate to. “Do You Remember When?” is this year’s nostalgic optional theme for 2012, giving boaters and homeowners plenty of room for creativity.
Whether it’s a favorite film or past eras like the roaring ’20s, the doo-wop ’50s or the ’80s, participants are invited to unleash their inventiveness with their chosen theme and host their own themed parties within the general premise.
The day before Night in Venice is the Merchant in Venice Seafood Festival (Fri., July 27) where folks are invited to sample some of the local area’s best seafood and scope out some new restaurant fare. Live entertainment, rides for kids and arts and crafts will be held along Asbury Avenue between 6th and 8th streets.
Decorations, lights, costume parties and drinks all come together for Ocean City’s fun-loving tradition that’s an escape to Venice without leaving home.
Thursday, July 26
From lifeguard races, the completion of the Ocean City-Somers Point Bridge, sand sculpting contests and a themed boat parade, everyone has their favorite summer memory.