It was hot. Most all the adults seem to be dressed but the kids mostly seemed cold as ice. The 111th annual Ocean City Baby Parade on Boardwalk featured more than 60 entrants and almost 200 people not including bands, OCTC show choir, Mayor Jay Gillian (himself a former entrant), a variety of young woman entrants and winners in different pageants and one old guy -- Mr. Mature.
They competed in several divisions: fancy, comic, small children's floats and floats/cars/walking groups/band. Everyone who stayed until the end received a trophy. Special awards were given to 23 participants. See the list at the bottom of this story.
Among the participants were and winners were Paula White pictured above pushing her daughter in the 1986 parade. Paula was back now with granddaughter Delaney Leszcynski in a Sweet as Cotton Candy float similar to the one she paraded in 25 years ago.
Here's photos of the some of the creative floats and costumes:
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Complete List of Winners
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Tips for visiting Ocean City
What's New: Fishing pier was extended over the ocean, but not taking new members at the moment.
Access and Parking: Ocean City together with Corson's Inlet State Park comprise a barrier island. There are multiple bridges that cross the water to the island from Longport, Somers Point, the Roosevelt Boulevard bridge easily accessed from the Garden State Parkway and from the Bay Avenue bridge to Upper Township/Strathmere. Near the Boardwalk and in the business district, there is metered parking that is carefully policed. Parking is generally free in most places except in municipal lots at the beach.
Amenities: Bathrooms and showers are located along the Boardwalk.
Beaches: Beach badges are required daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Full season badges are $25 for people 12 and older. Weekly badges cost $10. Daily badges cost $5. Badges can be purchased at the beach or online at store.ocnj.us.
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Complete List of Winners from the City
Name: Giavanna Todd
Theme: Giavanna’s Gelateria
Name: Dior Fulton
Theme: The Hungry Caterpillar
Name: Lilly Parsinitiz
Theme: Spikes Dinosaur Tour of the Jersey Shore
Name: RD, Bodie and Oakley Webber
Theme: OC-On in a Melon!
Name: Owen Bowker
Theme: Toy Story in OC
Most Outstanding Twins or Triplets
Names: Mariah & PJ McMahon
Theme: Two Sweet Twins
Greatest Distance Traveled
Names: Elizabeth Gerger
Theme: From the Shores of Madison, Ohio!
From: Madison, Ohio
Division A Section 100 Winner
Name: Delaney Leszcynski
Theme: Sweet As Cotton Candy!
Division A Section 100 Runner Up
Name: Grace Labriola
Theme: A Carousel of Dreams
Division A Section 200 Winner
Name: Lillian Heap
Theme: OC Lifeguards
Division A Section 200 Runner Up
Names: Alexandra & Isabella Vital
Theme: Mermaids of Corson’s Inlet
Division A Section 300 Winner
Names: Grace & Tierney Kane
Division A Section 300 Runner Up
Names: Lillian Albright, Thomas & Samantha Dickinson
Theme: As American as Baseball, Apple Pie and OC
Division B Section 400 Winner
Name: Evelyn Joanna Stencler
Theme: Baby Yoda
Division B Section 400 Runner Up
Name: Elizabeth Gerger
Theme: From the Shores of Madison, OH
Division B Section 500 Winner
Names: Vivian & Nicholas Firmani
Theme: OCNJ Space Race
Division B Section 500 Runner Up
Names: Jackson & Cameron Davis
Theme: Country Western in OC
Division B Section 600 Winner
Names: Jacob Lynch, Sawyer & Savannah Moulen
Theme: Mario Brothers
Division B Section 600 Runner Up
Names: Cameron & Allessandra DaSilva, Deacon & Johanna Jones
Theme: Mario Kart
Division C Winner
Names: Beckett & Kenna Adams
Theme: Pollination---save the bees and butterflies!
Division C Runner Ups
Names: Luca Chmielewski
Theme: Sitting on The Dock of the Bay!
Names: Dominic & Calvin Pezzella, Cameron & Jordan Monks, Emma Pacholski
Best Float: OCTC Show Choir