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Registrations are now being taken for Ocean City’s 106th Baby Parade set for Thursday, August 13th  starting 5:30 p.m. Route is from 6th to 12 Sts. on the Boardwalk. It is the longest continuously running Baby Parade in the Country.

Photo engraver, Leo Bamberger, an organizer of Labor Day, founded the Parade in 1909. The event has featured many prominent grand marshals including baseball legend, Joe DiMaggio. Movie star Grace Kelley, a summer resident of Ocean City in her youth, was a big fan of the Parade.

 

Children from infants to 10 years of age may enter. Divisions include Children in fancy Decorated Go Carts, Strollers, Coaches, Kiddie Cars, Express Wagons, etc. and walking. There is a Comic Division, Small Floats Division and a category for floats entered by Hotels, Restaurants, and other Business concerns.

The Parade is famous for its creative entries. It usually features several hundred children. You may see them dressed as princesses, aviators, Cinderella, baseball players, “Jail Birds” and even crabs and fish. Rousing music is provided by The Pitman Hobo Band plus a Dixie Land Band, Bagpipe Band and others. Nicole Brewer of CBS-3 TV is this year’s Grand Marshal.

Numerous awards are given in all categories. Each child receives a memento for participating in the Parade. There is a $5 entry fee per child. Registrations are taken at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry list closes 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Music Pier. For information call (609) 399-6111.

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