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The Wedding of the Sea, an Atlantic City tradition, set for Aug. 15

The Wedding of the Sea Festival is the signature annual event of the citywide Parish of Saint Monica.

The Wedding of the Sea celebrates the relationship of the city and the sea and asks God to grant success to the work of so many to build up the city.

At noon on Aug. 15, a brief program will begin the day’s events in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Boardwalk Hall. Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam will speak followed by a live performance of “God Bless America.”

The Mass of the Assumption of Mary immediately follows the program, celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan. Kenny i Entertainment will provide the music. A procession to the surf will follow the Mass. Mayor Gilliam will join Bishop Sullivan in a lifeboat for the traditional wreath toss. All are welcome to attend.

The festival at Saint Michael’s Church parking lot will run from 1-7 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public and includes 12 food vendors, a beer garden, live music, children’s games, caricature and balloon artists, and more. Food includes Italian, American, Hispanic, Vietnamese, seafood, and gourmet desserts. There will be both outdoor and air-conditioned indoor seating. Free parking is available across Georgia Avenue from Ducktown Tavern. Visitors may also park at The Wave Parking Garage on Fairmount Avenue.