Dozens of decorated boats will parade across the Ocean City bay starting 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in the 65th annual Night in Venice Boat Parade. A house-and-condo decorating contest is part of the festivities, and this will also be the third summer since the boat parade’s 1954 founding that a series of events are tied into the flagship attraction.
Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chubby Checker and his band kick off the festivities with a concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Ocean City Music Pier. Fellow Philly product Kate Flannery, best known as the hilarious character Meredith Palmer on the long-running NBC-TV comedy “The Office,” will host a meet-and-greet at the Music Pier at noon on Saturday. Caissie Levy, star of the Broadway hit “Frozen,” will perform with the Ocean City Pops 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pier. All three will be celebrity guests on boats in the parade, as will former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.
The boat parade and a post-parade fireworks display starting around 9 p.m. Saturday are free to attend. A special viewing area at the O.C. Bayside Center is available for a cost of $4 for children and $8 for adults. Go to OCNJ.US/NIV, OceanCityVacation.com, or call 609-399-6111 for more.
— Ray Schweibert