Boats “Strut” Along in Ocean City’s Night in Venice
Posted on July 24, 2022
BY MADDY VITALE, OCNJDAILY
This was one memorable Night in Venice display Saturday.
There were floating tiki boats packed with Mummers strumming away. A yacht-themed “Shark Week,” complete with dancing great whites. And a “truck,” gliding along the water with a man singing in the back.
It doesn’t get any better than that. The theme for this year’s Night in Venice boat parade was “Mummers: Struttin’ on the Bay.” But there were also so many other boats with different themes to give spectators a lot of variety.
In all, 131 boats made up the parade, and it was certainly one of the biggest in the parade’s 67-year history.
The Summer Mummers
Jay Wright, recently retired Villanova University men’s basketball coach, and his wife, Patty, were the grand marshals. Jackie Evancho, who will be performing a Sunday concert with the Ocean City Pops, danced with others in her boat for the parade.
Miss Night in Venice Gracie Anderson and her court, Nora Bridgeford, Andi Helphenstine, Ava Tarone and Julia Keich, waved from their boat. Miss Ocean City Maddyn Randazzo, Junior Miss Makenna Fleming and Little Miss Arianna Diantonio also made a special appearance as did Miss New Jersey Volunteer Natalie Ragazzo.
City dignitaries including Mayor Jay Gillian and his wife, Michele Gillian, executive director of Ocean City’s Chamber of Commerce, along with City Council also had boats in the parade.
The Ocean City Theatre Company gave a lively performance from a yacht with dance routines.
Shark Week” goes on the attack.
For the families who viewed the event from Bayside Center, they literally had front row seats to the action and entertainment, which also included lots of music on the boats and even from neighboring homes.
Amy and Devin Araujo, of Chicopee, Mass., brought their children, Charlotte, 9, Wyatt, 7, 13-year-old Mackenzie and 18-year-old Kaleigh, for a family night.
They sat back and waited for the boat show to begin. But first, the youngest kids had their faces painted.
The Mummers strum.
Save the Turtles.
Performer Jackie Evancho dances.
Mary Daley, of Berlin, N.J., her puppy, and her friend, Theresa Vente, of Chicago.
Mayor Jay Gillian and his wife, Michele, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, give a wave to the crowd.
Miss New Jersey Volunteer Natalie Ragazzo flashes a smile