RESCHEDULED: 73rd OCEAN DYE IN ALLENHURST – HERE ARE THE DETAILS
UPDATED SATURDAY, SEPT. 3)…
It’s one of the many overlooked special things about New Jersey that help us forget the Housewives and Snooki.
For the 73rd year on SATURDAY, (SEPT. 10 AT 2PM) following a brief bagpiper procession on the boardwalk, more than 10 pounds of vegetable-based dye will be released into the ocean in Allenhurst temporarily turning the water bright emerald green and permanently creating great memories for all attendees.Over the past few years, the ocean dye has seen record attendance, become the unofficial conclusion to the “official” summer season and received national attention from media outlets around the country. This year, the Today Show, Cosmopolitan.com and others are scheduled to feature the event.
“We are happy to continue the ocean dye for the community,” said Gail Matarazzo, the third generation of the ocean dye organizers and Oakhurst resident. “The joy on the children’s faces is what keeps us going. My grandfather could never have imagined what it has turned in to. He would be incredibly happy to see the beach so crowded and everyone excited and enjoying themselves.”
In 1943, Matarazzo’s grandfather, Bob Fountain, owner of Bubble Land amusements in Asbury Park dropped extra dye in the ocean on Labor Day to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. Today, his granddaughters Matarazzo and Joan Desmarais continue the tradition, the longest tradition of its kind (Chicago’s river dye began in 1961). Through the decades, legend has evolved into a dip in the bright green Allenhurst water is good luck until next summer.
“It’s the coolest thing ever,” said John Butler, Interlaken councilman, realtor with O’Brien Realty and manager of Instagram’s @Interlaken_NJ. “You really have to see it to believe it. The ocean turns bright neon green and everyone jumps in. I swim in the green water for good luck. It’s such a fun day and always makes me feel lucky thinking about the great summer we just enjoyed at the beach with friends and family. It’s something so special.”
- SATURDAY, SEPT 10 AT 2 PM (new date)
- Celebration begins with a bagpipe procession followed by the dyeing of the ocean, which lasts anywhere from 30 to 80 minutes depending on water currents.
- The ocean dye has been sponsored by one local family for three generations.
- It is the longest-running public water dye celebration in the country. (Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day river dye began in 1961.)
- Everyone is welcome to watch from the Allenhurst boardwalk (Ocean Place between Spier and Cedar Avenues) or oceanfront locations in Deal. To access the public beach, there is the $10 standard daily pass fee, purchased only at the station on the northernmost section of the boardwalk. The 2015 event saw a record number of celebrants.
- Through the decades, legend has evolved into a dip in the bright green Allenhurst water is good luck until next summer.
- Previous ocean dye stories from The Coaster and TheBPlot here. Hashtag your photos from the 2016 dye #ABCgreen!
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