Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades” this year on July 22, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 63rd annual bayfront celebration.
The optional theme will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades,” a celebration of music, fashion and culture on the rolling waters of the bay. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling (609) 399-6111.
Alfonso Ribeiro will be grand marshal. Ribeiro is the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and created the memorable character of Carlton Banks opposite Will Smith in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
A limited number of tickets are on sale now for $15 for a meet-and-greet with Ribeiro from 11 a.m. to noon July 22 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Night in Venice also will celebrate its “Rockin’ Through the Decades” theme this year with concerts by O-Town with Ryan Cabrera and Gloria Gaynor with the Ocean City Pops orchestra.
O-Town and Cabrera will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Gaynor joins the Pops at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23 on the Music Pier to round out the Decades Weekend.
Tickets are also on sale now for O-Town/Cabrera for $30 and Gaynor for $30-$35. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call (609) 399-6111, or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers. Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2017. The state Division of Travel and Tourism also provides grant funding.