Ocean City’s will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during Night in Venice on July 28, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 64th annual bayfront celebration.
The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho and NFL-player-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Maks Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.
The optional theme of “TV’s Greatest Hits” could include tributes to iconic sit-coms, characters, memorable TV moments or any other item from television history. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling (609) 399-6111.
Tickets are also on sale to view Night in Venice from the Bayside Center, 520 Bay Ave., which will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets are $4 for children (12 and under) and $8 for adults. The Good Tymes Band will play until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face painting. The band will resume after the parade.
Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a returning presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2018. A fireworks display will return this year to cap off the celebration.