NIGHT IN VENICE 2017
The 63rd annual Night in Venice is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017.
The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provides a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City (see links to entry forms below). 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.
This year, a spectacular fireworks display returns to cap off the 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.
The grand marshal will be Alfonso Ribeiro. Ribeiro, the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has a career of more than three decades as an actor, TV director, award-winning dancer and Broadway star. He began his career as a child, playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical “The Tap Dance Kid.” He had a recording contract with Island Records, released several dance/pop singles, and landed a spot in Michael Jackson's 1984 Pepsi commercial. He created the memorable character of Carlton Banks opposite another teen idol, Will Smith, for six seasons of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” And in 2014, he won the 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and went on to host that show’s country-wide tour.
A limited number of tickets are on sale 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. The two concerts will fit the theme perfectly with 1970s icon Gloria Gaynor joining Ocean City Pops on Sunday and 2000s boy-band idols O-Town teaming up with Cabrera on Friday.
In 1999, ABC began airing one of the first reality shows in major network history, “Making the Band”, which chronicled the formation and rise to success of the boy band, O-Town. The public tuned in to watch as Trevor Penick, Jacob Underwood, Erik-Michael Estrada, Ashley Parker Angel and Dan Miller signed with Clive Davis’ J Records, released the No. 1 singles “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing,” and achieved platinum success with their debut album. Platinum-selling singer and songwriter Ryan Cabrera is the architect behind hits such as “On the Way Down,” “True” and “Shine On.” He will release his fifth full-length album later this year.
The Music Pier will be set up for a dance concert for the O-Town and Cabrera show. Tickets ($15) also are on sale for a “meet and greet” with O-Town and Cabrera noon to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Ocean City Music Pier. Fans can bring one thing to autograph and take a photo with their own device. The stars also will participate in the Night in Venice boat parade.
Gaynor is known best for her 1978 anthem “I Will Survive,” and her legendary career has spanned 40 years with songs hitting the charts in all four decades. Gaynor has channeled her fame and recognition into support for several charities, donating not only her money but also her time and talent. She changed the lyrics to her world renowned song and leant her time to a corresponding music video used by the Miami Children’s Hospital to raise awareness and funds for their lifesaving efforts.
O-Town and Cabrera will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Ocean City’s 63rd annual Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. 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 on sale now for the Ribeiro meet-and-greet ($15) for O-Town/Cabrera meet-and-greet ($15) and concert ($30) and Gaynor concert ($30-$35). Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
Boat owners receive a complimentary photo of their boat in the parade and a commemorative mug.
Entries for boats and homes will be taken through the online forms below or by calling 609-399-6111.
Please contact Event Coordinator Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 if you’re an owner willing to enter your boat to host dignitaries, special guests or other entries (but don’t have the time to decorate).
2017 Night in Venice is proudly sponsored by: