This family-friendly event is FREE and OPEN to the Public! All are Welcome.

We’re looking forward to the 2022 Wedding of the Sea mass and ceremony on Monday, August 15th! 

For those who can’t make the trip to AC, view the ceremony on the Diocesan  website and You Tube channel at approximately 2:00 PM.
Mass for the Feast of the Assumption will take place at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 1409 Pacific Ave., at 12:00 PM.
Following the Mass, the procession will go down Saint James Place to the Boardwalk, and proceed to the surf at New York Avenue. There is street parking on Tennessee, New York Ave., and Saint James Place but be sure to observe all city parking signs and restrictions. View the ceremony on the Diocesan  website and You Tube channel at approximately 2:00 PM.
There will not be a festival at St. Michael’s Parking lot this year.
We hope you will instead patronize the great establishments, old and new, on the beach blocks of St. James Place and Tennessee Avenue, collectively known as The Orange Loop.
Even those who cannot attend the Mass will be able to view the ceremony (the tossing of the wreath) at the surf at New York Avenue around 1:15 PM.

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The Tradition:

The Wedding of the Sea Festival is the parish’s signature annual event.  The Wedding of the Sea tradition began in Venice around the year 1000 AD.  The civil and religious leaders of Venice performed an annual “wedding” between  the city and the Adriatic Sea on the Feast of the Ascension of Christ.  The ritual symbolized the maritime power’s vital relationship to the sea.  The tradition came to Atlantic City through St. Michael’s Church, an historically Italian parish, but was celebrated on a different feast, the Assumption of Mary.  Whether the destination is the beach, the Boardwalk, or the casinos, the great appeal of Atlantic City is the Atlantic Ocean.  The Wedding of the Sea Festival celebrates the relationship of the city and the sea and asks God to grant success to the work of so many to build up our great city.

The Festival:    *Festival Update for 2022:

The festival is usually complementary to having mass at Boardwalk Hall (as opposed to Saint Nicholas, where it is now). The planning team is still evaluating the possibility for 2022.

The Wedding of the Sea Festival in past years has featured over a dozen of our favorite neighborhood restaurant and bakery vendors, a beer garden, adults’ and kids’ games, raffles, face painting, and live music.

The 2019 participating food vendors were Dock’s Oyster House, beer garden provided by Ducktown Tavern, as well as desserts from Peace Pie, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church! As well as amazing, authentic food offered by the Vietnamese, Hispanic and Italian communities of the Parish!


Schedule of Events

2022 Schedule

Monday, August 15, 2022

Time Event Location
11:00 AM Doors open for mass St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1409 Pacific Ave.
12:00 NOON Mass of the Assumption with Bishop Dennis Sullivan St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1409 Pacific Ave.
~1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Mother

Procession to the surf for the Wedding of the Sea with Bishop Sullivan

Procession down St James Place onto the Beach at New York Ave

PARKING: Limited parking available in the church parking lot. Street parking available on Tennessee Avenue, New York Ave., and St. James Place. Be sure to observe all street signs with any restrictions.