6ABC NEWS/Former Action News anchor Jim Gardner will be the parade grand marshal.

OCEAN CITY – The city’s 68th annual Night in Venice boat parade July 29 will celebrate all things Philadelphia. The city announced Thursday that recently retired Action News anchor Jim Gardner will serve as parade grand marshal, and this year’s theme will be “It’s a Philly Thing.”

For more than 45 years, Gardner was a daily presence in the lives of Delaware Valley residents as anchor for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts on 6ABC Action News. He retired in 2022.

Entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the annual bayfront celebration.

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City.

Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.

The optional theme of “It’s a Philly Thing” provides a chance to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Philadelphia region in sports, music, food, education, government and more.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

Presenting sponsors for 2023 Night in Venice are Acme Markets and the Jet Drive Exchange Boat Club.

This year’s Night in Venice boat parade will be themed “It’s a Philly Thing.” (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.