After a dark year for all of us, the city’s feel-good event is back, after a fashion. The 13th Annual Boca Boating & Beach Bash will assume a new format this year, but the idea is still the same: honor caregivers and people with disabilities by giving them a free, carefree event just meant for them.
This year, the popular event will be the Annual Beep Beep Bash–and guests will enjoy a host of activities from the safety of their vehicles. This Saturday, May 1, from 12 noon until 2 p.m., guests will be welcomed to a new location that is car-friendly with easy road access—the Countess de Hoernle Park (Spanish River Athletic Complex) at 1000 Spanish River Blvd.
To protect its vulnerable audiences from exposure to COVID-19 and to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the Beep Beep Bash will showcase a variety of entertainment that guests will experience via a drive-through format. Guests will be required to remain inside their vehicles and to wear masks; all event volunteers and Bash participants will be wearing masks and socially distancing.
“So much has changed since our last Bash in March 2020, when we were fortunate enough to have our outdoor festival before the pandemic-quarantines measures were enacted,” said American Disabilities Foundation Managing Director Liz Schmidt. Schmidt was installed in March 2021, following the July 2020 passing of beloved Founding Executive Director Jay Van Vechten.
“We have so many returning guests each year, who look forward to the event that is specially designed for them that we felt compelled to bring it back in some form. So for 2021, we will present the ‘Beep Beep Bash’ with hopeful plans to return to our previous format in 2022.”
The 2021 Beep Beep Bash will feature entertainment that can be enjoyed from a distance, pre-packaged food giveaways and swag bags, filled with gifts.