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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/9/17

The 108th annual Baby Parade is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, August 10, and the tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City's newest generation. The parade will feature more than 100 children cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats.

Genevieve Goings and Constantine "DC" Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior's "Choo Choo Soul," will serve as grand marshals for the parade, which also will include marching bands, performers, decorated floats and an array of special guests.

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. The parade will start at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.

Before serving as grand marshals in the parade, Choo Choo Soul will perform a show at the Ocean City Music Pier at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. Ticket prices are $20 orchestra and $18 solarium and are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at 609-399-6111 or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers.

Goings and Abramson are entering their 11th year of entertaining pre-schoolers and parents worldwide. Born from the mind of a Silicon Valley video game developer, Choo Choo Soul began as a hip-hop/soul children's album of music that "won't drive parents crazy." The album caught fire and the brand was acquired by Disney and developed into a live-action television feature in 2006 that encouraged young viewers to get up and dance to their funky, urban sound. Choo Choo Soul began touring the country in 2007, performing for thousands of children in more than 100 cities across the globe.

In addition to the array of themed Baby Parade entries competing for awards, musical acts include:

  • Ed Coles Entertainers
  • Original Hobo Band
  • Pitman High School Marching Band
  • OCTC Spotlight Performers Show Choir performing a medley from "Teen Beach" movie
  • The cast of Disney's Mary Poppins appearing in Ocean City August 8-11

Special guests and dignitaries include:

  • Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel
  • Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen Augostina Mallous
  • Miss Ocean City McKayla Perry
  • Junior Miss Ocean City Stella Schwartz
  • Little Miss Ocean City Charlotte Erickson
  • Mr. Mature America Matthew Allen
  • Mayor Jay Gillian
  • Martin Z. Mollusk
  • Queen Infanta and her court
  • The 12 Contestants competing for the title of Miss Ocean City
  • Ocean City Fire Dept.
  • Ocean City Police Dept.
  • Ocean City Beach Patrol
  • Ocean City's Boy Scout Troop Color Guard

Floats and special entries include:

  • Ocean City Yacht Club
  • Ocean City Sailing Foundation
  • Shore Memorial Hospital
  • Shore Mother's Club
  • Various Ocean City businesses

More information is available online at ocnj.us/babyparade or at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue.


"MARY POPPINS" (Aug. 8 to 11): The City of Ocean City, Ocean City POPS, and the Ocean City Theatre Company present the "practically perfect" Disney musical. Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and received nominations for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 9 and 11 with a 2 matinee on Aug. 10. All shows take place at the Hughes Performing Arts Center (beach block of Sixth Street). Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for kids (12 years and under), and $25 for groups of 20 or more. They are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers.

BOYS AND GIRLS FISHING TOURNAMENT (Aug. 12): Free event for boys and girls 8 to 16 years old. North end beach at Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Registration is 9 to 10 a.m. Tournament is 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes and trophies awarded. Rain date: August 19. Co-sponsored by Ocean City Fishing Club and City of Ocean City. For more information, 609-814-0216.

MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT (Aug. 12):  The City of Ocean City will host the 49th annual Miss Ocean City Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 12. The pageant will be held at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Twelve contestants will compete in interview, talent, evening gown and swimsuit with the hopes to become the next Miss Ocean City. Contestants vying for the 2018 title include Sophia Terry, Brielle Nicole Hammerstein, Pamela Traflet, Shannon Cattie, Grace Webber, Alexa Rosen, Megan Jessica Keenan, Madison Leigh Kennelly, Nora Sheppard Faverzani, Abigail Waid, Emily Aita, Alanna Palombo. All tickets are $15 and are now on sale at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at all City Welcome Centers or by calling 609-399-6111.

TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Aug. 13): We honor the "First Lady of Song" during her centennial year. Enjoy classics from the Great American Songbook, "A Tisket, A Tasket," "Satin Doll," "I Got Rhythm," "Bewitched" and many more. The Pops are thrilled to welcome three dynamic soloists -- Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Met Opera star Harolyn Blackwell -- as they celebrate The Queen of Jazz. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $35/$25 and can be purchased online at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, at all City Welcome Centers or by calling 609-399-6111.


GET THE LED OUT (Aug. 14 and 15): A summer tradition continues as Philadelphia-based tribute band Get the Led Out returns to the Music Pier for two nights of Zeppelin. Their attention to detail and loyal re-creation to the studio recordings of Led Zeppelin has quickly made them the most sought after tribute to the music of hard rock's founding fathers. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (Aug. 16): Little Miss/Mister Miscellaneous seeks hidden and unusual talents among anyone over the age of 6. Little Miss and Little Mister Chaos requires boys and girls from 3 to 5 years of age to make as much noise as possible by banging on supplied pots and pans. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

MISS CRUSTACEAN HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT (Aug. 16): The original beauty contest for crustaceans moves to the evening this year. Families, kids, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their crustacean in this annual contest. The winner receives the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway. Registration is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. Contest begins at 6 p.m. Open to all ages. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

HERMIT CRAB RACES (Aug. 16): Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete for the King of Klutz Plaque, immediately following Miss Crustacean at the Sixth Street Beach. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

LITTLE MISS OCEAN CITY (Aug. 18): Scholarship pageant for girls ages 8 - 11. The pageant starts at 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 


Starting in July and running through the end of August, Ocean City's boardwalk and downtown will be host to a series of weekly events:

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Mummers Nights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on the boardwalk (starting July 11). String bands strut the boards between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Sponsored by: Shirt Shack, Preps, Ocean Treasures, Henry's Fine Jewelry.
  • Beach Walks: South end location at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson's Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. North end location at OC/Longport Bridge parking lot Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m, Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site.  Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Farmers & Crafters Market: Ocean City's popular weekly Farmers Market every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Crafters set up on the street adjacent to the Farmers Market.
  • Wacky Wednesdays: This year, the traditional "July Jubilee" and "Weird Week" contests will be held weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer with a different theme each week.The contest is free and open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by Shriver's Salt Water Taffy. 
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Family Nights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the boardwalk. Different bands and entertainers set up between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Sponsored by: Shriver's, Playland's Castaway Cove, Johnson's Popcorn, Gillian's Wonderland Pier.
  • Historic Tours:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue.