"We wouldn't miss nights in Venice for anything in the world. It's a family tradition and my grandson here is the fourth generation," says Bill Joess of Berlin.
For the last 5 decades, Bill Joess's family has been coming to Ocean City to help celebrate the resort town during this boat parade. Which Bill says has kind of became a no–brainer when they plan their trip to the ocean.
"We're so used to it that it's just something that's not even a question, that this weekend we are here, we have people over we enjoy each other, and we make sure we're down here good and early to see all the sights," explains Joess.
Joining Joess is his daughter and son–in–law who make this trip annually from Florida.
"I came here for a family vacation. We planned it around the Nights in Venice. Just married into the family and really want to enjoy the night here," says Jared Hohn.
With the theme "Good Old Summertime", boaters decorated their vessels with pieces of nostalgia. Each boat representing its passengers' favorite bygone eras.
"I really enjoy the water, I enjoy the boats and fishing, and it's a great great time to be out in the water and its fun to see.
On–lookers like Eli Weissman, who has been coming to the parade for the past 28 years say this family tradition started just off of a whim.
"When we first got down here somebody mentioned a boat parade and we decided to check it out, and we've been coming back ever since," says the Pennsylvania native.
For those in attendance Saturday, veterans of other Nights in Venice, and those discovering this Jersey Shore tradition for the first time, this evening was enjoyed by all.
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