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

We’re looking forward to the 2023 Wedding of the Sea mass and ceremony on Tuesday, August 15th! 

*Note: There is a change of location this year!   (posted 6/13/23) See details below…
There will not be a Festival to follow the wreath Ceremony this year.
Mass will be held at the Hard Rock Casino, Etess Arena at Noon with the doors opening at 11 AM. Following the Mass the Blessed Mother statue will process from the Hard Rock on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Boardwalk. The wreath will be tossed by the Bishop on the beach at Pennsylvania Avenue. View the ceremony on the Diocesan  website and You Tube channel at approximately 2:00 PM.
There will not be a festival this year.
We hope you will instead patronize the great establishments, on the beach blocks of St. James Place and Tennessee Avenue, collectively known as The Orange Loop, including The Irish Pub.
Even those who cannot attend the Mass will be able to view the ceremony (the tossing of the wreath) at the surf at Pennsylvania Avenue around 1:15 PM.
To find out how you can participate by volunteering or donating, please see the Get Involved Page (thank you!)

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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.

There is no Festival for 2023  (as of 5/10/23) 


Schedule of Events

2023 Schedule

*Note the change of location this year!      (posted 6/13/23)

Tuesday, August 15, 2023  

Time Event Location
11:00 AM Doors open for mass Hard Rock Casino, Etess Arena*

*NEW location!

12:00 NOON Mass of the Assumption with Bishop Dennis Sullivan Hard Rock Casino, Etess Arena
~1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Mother

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

Procession from the Hard Rock on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Boardwalk

PARKING: The parking garage at Hard Rock is available for a fee. Convenient street parking is available within a few blocks of Hard Rock, on Tennessee Avenue, New York Ave., and St. James Place. Be sure to observe all street signs with any restrictions.