By Kimberlee Bongard, Patch Staff
Registration is still open for Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration scheduled for Saturday, July 24.
The optional theme for the boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest this year is “Honoring Our Heroes,” though participants can also use last year’s planned “Olympics” theme.
The Night in Venice boat parade starts at 6 p.m. on July 24. 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. A fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the evening.
Entries for boats and homes will be taken online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111. All entrants receive a commemorative mug, and boat owners also receive a complimentary photo of their boat in the parade.
The deadline to register is July 21 at noon.
Tickets are also now on sale for a special Night in Venice viewing area at the Bayside Center. In addition to a view of the fireworks, it features DJ entertainment, food vendors with proceeds benefiting Junior Raider football and cheerleading programs. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice to purchase tickets ($8 adults, $4 children).
Registration is also open for the 111th annual Baby Parade in Ocean City on Thursday, Aug. 12.
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and runs from 6th Street to 12th Street on the Boardwalk. All cars, special guests, floats and musical acts will continue to 14th Street.
All families with children ages 10 and under are invited to participate. Entry fee is $5 per child.
Bands, performing groups and commercial floats are also encouraged to join in.
In a tradition dating back to 1929, Ocean City chooses a Queen Infanta to preside over the annual Baby Parade. Queen Infanta candidates are judged on their school and community involvement.
The contest is open to young women with a connection to Ocean City who are currently in high school or members of the Class of 2021.
More information about registration for both the Baby Parade and Queen Infanta are available at www.ocnj.us/babyparade.