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Night in Venice: How to Watch or Join

When is Night in Venice?

The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Where does the parade route begin and end?

The boat parade begins near the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and travels along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue, looping in and out of lagoons along the way.

Where can I watch the parade?

To view the Night In Venice boat parade, grandstands will be set up at street ends along the bay from Battersea Road to 16th Street and also at Tennessee Avenue. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Streets include: Battersea Rd., North St., 1st St., 2nd St. Marina, 4th, 6th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 16thStreets and the Tennessee Ave. Boat Ramp.

The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue, will be open with a picnic area, food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets will be on sale soon, $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. with the Good Tymes Band playing 5 p.m. until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face painting. Tickets may be purchased by cash, check or charge at: City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, any day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No alcohol is permitted, and no parking available. Tickets are also available online at ocnj.us/boxoffice.

The band will resume after the parade and play until the fireworks start at approximately 9 p.m.

What does it cost?

The parade is free to watch at all locations except the Bayside Center.

The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue, will be open with a picnic area, food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets will be on sale soon, $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. with the Good Tymes Band playing 5 p.m. until the first boats in the parade arrive.  Children’s activities include crafts, games and face painting. Tickets may be purchased by cash, check or charge at: City Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, any day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No alcohol is permitted, and no parking available. Tickets are also available online at ocnj.us/boxoffice.

The band will resume after the parade and play until the fireworks start at 9 p.m.

Where can I park?

Free parking and shuttle service will run starting at 4 p.m. Parking will be available at:

  • Ocean City Municipal Airport: 25th Street and Bay Avenue
  • Soccer Field at Tennessee Avenue: Off Shelter Road
  • Ocean City Community Center: 1735 Simpson Avenue

Shuttles will drop off spectators at street ends where they can watch the parade and return them to the parking lots afterward.  The shuttle also drops off at the Bayside Center. The service is free and will be available until 11 p.m.

Parking restrictions begin at midnight Friday (July 15) through midnight Saturday (July 16) for the following locations:

  • Both sides of Bay Avenue between 16th Street and 24th Street
  • The east side of Bay Avenue between 14th Street and 16th Street.
  • West 16th Street, West 17th Street and West 18th Street will have parking restrictions in place.
Parking regulations will be strictly enforced.  Violators will be ticketed and in severe cases, the vehicles will be towed if public safety is affected. This is to allow for safe passage of all pedestrian and vehicle traffic and emergency vehicle access to isolated areas of the bayfront.
Can I watch from the Ninth Street Bridge?

All pedestrians and bicyclists should use the Shared Use Bike Path and stay to the south side shoulder for viewing. No persons will be allowed to bring chairs for seating onto the bridge. At no time will persons block the free movement of the Shared Use Bike Path. No open alcoholic beverages are permitted on the bridge at any time. Persons are not permitted to walk along the bridge with motor vehicle traffic. Ocean City Police will be present monitoring the bridge while the parade is in progress for assistance.

What is the Night in Venice theme?

The event's theme is "Rockin' Through the Decades." Boats and houses are encouraged to celebrate their favorite eras of pop culture with boats "rocking" on the waters of the bay.

When and where are the fireworks?

Night in Venice will include a fireworks display launched after the paradem at approximately 9 or 9:15 p.m. The display will be launched from a barge roughly off Third Street. The fireworks will best be viewed from street ends or the bayfront between the Ocean City-Longport Bridge and 16th Street.

Who participates?

Anyone with a boat or anyone with a house along the bayfront parade route can participate by decorating their boat or home.

How do I participate?

You can register your boat or house online at ocnj.us/NIV.

Who is the 2017 grand marshal?
The grand marshal will be Alfonso Ribeiro. The new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Ribeiro 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.
Who is the sponsor of 2017 Night in Venice?

2017 Night in Venice is proudly sponsored by:

Are paddleboards and kayaks part of the parade?
For safety reasons, paddleboards and kayaks are not part of the Night in Venice parade.