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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/10/22

Baby Parade Rolls Down Boardwalk for 112th Time on Thursday

The 112th annual Ocean City Baby Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 on the Boardwalk.

The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation. The parade features children ages 10 and under cruising the Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.

The parade is free to watch from either side of the boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. On the parade morning, the boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.

 

In addition to the array of themed Baby Parade entries, participants will include: Ed Coles Entertainers, the Fred Hall Orchestra, the Absegami High School Marching Band, our newly crowned Queen Infanta — Maura Dougherty, local dignitaries, local businesses, local organizations and more.

Each child receives a memento at 12th Street for participating in the parade, and winners will receive their awards when they complete the parade at 12th Street. In addition to division awards, special honors will include the Leo Bamberger Founders Award, Hanscom Award, Dahlhausen Award, Canale Award, Outstanding Twins or Triplets, Baby Traveling the Greatest Distance to Participate, Best Float, Best Musical Act and the Mark Soifer Award.

In the event of heavy rain, entries should still report to the Civic Center where judging will take place. The parade will not proceed down the Boardwalk. 

Registration remains open to anybody who wants to participate in the parade. For an online entry form and more information, visit ocnj.us/babyparade. Entry fee is $5 per child, and the registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 9.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR ‘THE SOUND OF MUSIC’

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) will team up to present four performances of “The Sound of Music” at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center (beach block of Sixth Street) this week. The timeless musical features cherished songs and a memorable story.

Show times will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 9, 10 and 12, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11. Visit the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, call 609-399-6111 oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice for more information and to purchase tickets ($25 to $30).

CONTESTS AND WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. August 10 at the Ocean City Music Pier with a Hawaiian luau. Participants will create their own crab hat or tiki mask, and dads will compete in a hula hoop contest. No advance registration is required for this free family event.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

Family Night on Thursday, August 11 will bring a variety of bands and entertainers to the Ocean City Boardwalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the event will continue on Thursdays through the season. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Mummers Night will return to the Boardwalk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with string bands providing entertainment.

ALSO THIS WEEK

AUGUST 13 – OCFC Boys & Girls Fishing Tournament: Free entry for all kids ages 8 to 16. Prizes will be awarded. On the beach by the Longport Bridge. Sign-ups begin at 9:00 a.m. Participants must bring their own bait and fishing equipment.  Sponsored by Ocean City Fishing Club & City of Ocean City.  For more information, please call 609-382-2368.

AUGUST 13 – Miss Ocean City Pageant: Miss Ocean City 2022 Maddyn Randazzo will be on hand as contestants compete in interview, talent, swimsuit, evening gown and onstage question. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the Music Pier.

AUGUST 14 – The Ocean City Pops Presents Elizabeth Stanley: Tony-nominated Elizabeth Stanley makes her Ocean City debut. Already a Broadway success from her roles in “Company” (2006) and “Million Dollar Quartet,” Ms. Stanley reached new levels of acclaim with her blockbuster performance in “Jagged Little Pill.” Come hear one of NYC's most versatile voices perform selections ranging from classic musical theater to modern rock. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier.  Tickets available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or 609-399-6111.

AUGUST 15 – Girl Named Tom: The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets available at Ticketmaster or the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office.