Announcing the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade Lineup

A MISS AMERICA TRADITION RETURNS TO THE ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK WITH LIVE COVERAGE ON PHL17 AND ENCORE PRESENTATION OF THE PARADE AIRING SEPTEMBER 15th, 4PM- 6PM EST ON WPVI-TV, 6ABC

More than 4,000 parade participants including the 53 beautiful Miss America contestants competing for the crown, legendary Miss Americas, performers, dancers, choirs, elaborate floats, marching bands, military personnel, surprise performances and special guests, will march down the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 14th in celebration of the 2014 Miss America Competition

For the first time in history, the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade presented by Pink & Pepper will broadcast live on PHL17 on Saturday, September 14th from 6pm – 8pm EST. An encore presentation of the parade will air September 15th, 4pm- 6pm EST on WPVI-TV, 6abc, the official media sponsor, before the 2014 Miss America Competition begins on ABC. The parade is a celebration leading into the final night of the 2014 Miss America Competition’s live broadcast on ABC from historic Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 15.

The two-hour parade will kick-off at Rhode Island Avenue at 5:00 p.m. Measuring a distance of approximately two miles, the full parade route stretches from Rhode Island Avenue to Albany Avenue with a special performance viewing area in front of historic Boardwalk Hall. More than 200,000 people are expected to view this spectacular display along the famed Boardwalk.

“As we celebrate the return of this classic tradition, we are excited to have such a dynamic company like Pink & Pepper step in style to support our parade on its journey back to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, ” stated Sam Haskell, Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization.

The public can purchase tickets for Boardwalk seating at www.ticketphiladelphia.org, or by phone at (215) 893-1999, 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST. Tickets for parade seating are $20. Additionally, there are several Free Zones along the parade route to stand and watch the parade.

“The return of the parade is a historic moment for AC and a wonderful event on the Boardwalk that will bring visitors, fans and locals very close to the Miss America contestants,” said Liza Cartmell, President Atlantic City Alliance. “Septembers are warm in Atlantic City and it is a perfect weekend activity, so everyone is invited to join in the fun and show off their creativity with their own shoe designs.”
The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade will be produced by two-time EMMY Award-winning parade producer John M. Best and his team from JM Best Entertainment in collaboration with Under the Sun Productions. JM Best Entertainment will be joined by a number of production associates, vendors and team members from the Atlantic City region. Additionally, more than 500 local volunteers from various organizations are participating in parade operations.

We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the local community to produce The Miss America ‘Show Us Your Shoes Parade’,” says John Best.

“While we produce numerous parades around the country, this is certainly a parade with beloved tradition and we plan to keep that tradition going strong, while creating new memories for parade spectators. It is great to have this event back in Atlantic City. The community has been wonderful in welcoming us and the parade back to Atlantic City. This is going to be a very special one-of-a-kind event.”

“It is great to be working with so many local groups, marching bands, special units, and volunteers from around the Atlantic City area, says Todd Marcocci, Coordinating Producer for the parade. “I have been involved with Miss America’s parade in previous years and I am thrilled to be back as one of the producers. The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade is an event for everyone to enjoy.”
As of press time, highlighting the parade will be:

Grand Marshals:

Chris Harrison from ABC’s “The Bachelor”

Lara Spencer from “Good Morning America”

Honorary Grand Marshal

Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford

City of Atlantic City Representation:
Atlantic City Police Motor Squad
Atlantic City High School Band
Atlantic County All-Star Band
Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Bag Pipe Band
Atlantic City Professional Fire Fighters

Military Representation:

508th Military Police

Cape-Atlantic Detachment Marine Corps League

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Honor Guard

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May


Special Guests:
Donna Axum-Whitworth celebrating her 50th anniversary of being crowned Miss America in 1964
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014 Leah Sykes
Marching Bands participating include:
Pottsgrove High School Band – Pottstown, Pennsylvania
New Jersey State Police Bag Pipe Band – All over the State of New Jersey
Jackson Memorial High School Band – Jackson, New Jersey
Woodstown High School Marching Band – Woodstown, New Jersey
Owen J Roberts High School Band – Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Rajah Shriner’s String Band – Reading, Pennsylvania
Mt Hebron High School Band – Odenton, Maryland
Jackson Liberty High School Band – Jackson, New Jersey
Pottstown High School Band – Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit – Boyertown, Pennsylvania
Elite Drill Team and Superior Drummers Drill Team – Elizabeth, New Jersey
Pennsbury High School Band – Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania
Oakcrest High School Band – Mays Landing, New Jersey
Sterling High School Band- Richboro, Pennsylvania
60 Volunteer convertible cars from the New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania areas


Specialty Units appearing in the parade include:

American Red Cross
Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office Chief and Honor Guard
AFL Philadelphia Soul Dance Team Soulmates
Atlantic County Retired Police and Fireman’s Association
Absegami Regional High School Cheerleading Braves
Camden Sophisticated Sister’s Drill Team
Girl Scouts of America – Troop 30913
Rotary Club of Atlantic City Exchange Students
The Somers Point Jazz Society
Miss Margot’s Ensemble Arts
Cheryl Chickey’s All American Performing Arts Center Baton Team
Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders
Double “R” Twirlettes
Twirl Michigan Baton and Pom Team
Blue Rocks Dance Team
Crescent Shrine Mini Cars
53 State and Territory Decorative Placards carried by Atlantic City High School Students
Floats appearing and Parade Sponsors
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan
Forever Miss America’s Float #1 & #2
Miss America’s Outstanding Teens
Caesars Entertainment
DO AC
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Special Military Tribute
Catalina Swimwear
Atlantic County Council of Education Associations
Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Tropicana Atlantic City

Resorts Casino Hotel-Margaritaville

Shore Medical Center

Atlantic City International Airport
Special Guest Performers:
Mulford Dance Studio – Mount Ephraim, New Jersey
Ocean City Theatre Company – Ocean City, New Jersey
Leslie’s Dance Studio – Margate, New Jersey
Contestants from the Miss New Jersey Pageant Program

Copeland Mills Dancers–Margaritaville

Special Local Performance Groups include:

Choirs:

Vocal Velocity Show Choir – Sewell, New Jersey
James Caldwell High School – West Caldwell, New Jersey
Midstreams Elementary School – Brick, New Jersey
Upper Township Middle School – Petersburg, New Jersey
Souderton Area High School – Souderton, New Jersey
Pottsgrove High School – Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania
Unionville Elementary School – Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Pocopson Elementary School – West Chester, Pennsylvania
Forest Heights Elementary School – Oxon Hill, Maryland

Cherry Mill Middle School Elkton, MD

Children Song of New Jersey Haddonfield, NJ
Cook Wissahickon School Philadelphia, PA

Hardy Williams Academy Charter HS  Philadelphia, PA

Indian Mills Memorial School Shamong, NJ

Margaret Mace School North Wildwood, NJ

Ventnor Educational Community Complex Ventnor, NJ

Dance Groups:
Eden School of Dance – Sicklerville, New Jersey
Edie’s Dance Factory – Wood Ridge, New Jersey
Royal Dance Academy–West Deptford, New Jersey
Happy Feet Dance Studio – Manalapan, New Jersey
Cindy Smith Dance Studio – Garwood, New Jersey
Center Stage Dance Studio – Paramus, New Jersey
South Jersey Performing Arts Group – Stratford, New Jersey
Absecon Academy of Performing Arts – Galloway, New Jersey
Rogers Dance Academy – Flemington, New Jersey
Middlesex Academy of Dance – Milltown, New Jersey
BC Discoveries Dance & Theatre – Clinton, New Jersey
KMC Dance – Oxford, Pennsylvania
Greater York Dance – York, Pennsylvania
Pas de Chat – New Holland, Pennsylvania
York Area Repertoire of Dance – Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
York County School of the Arts – Williamsburg, Virginia
Steppin’ Out Dance Academy – S. Chesterfield, Virginia
Studio DNA – Pikesville, Maryland
Stars Twirl Studio–Ayden, North Carolina
Crystal Coast School of the Arts – Morehead, North Carolina

Academy of Dance Artistry Warrington, PA

Academy of Performing Arts Woodstown, NJ

Anderson Dance Studio Springdale, MD

Art in Motion Dance Studio  Broomall, PA

Body Moves  Ft. Washington, MD

Core Academy of Movement  Mt. Laurel, NJ

Dance Dynamics Crisfield, MD

Dance Dynamics Taneytown, MD

Dance Incorporated Sicklerville, NJ

Dance Magic Hammonton, NJ

Dance Theatre Project  Wall, NJ

Dance with Celeste Bensalem, PA

Dee Dots Dance Academy Woolwich, NJ

Five Steps Dance Studio Woodland Park, NJ

Flair Studio of Dance Catonsville, MD

Galaxy of Dance East Windsor, NJ

Jessica’s Little Feet Dance Studio Castlewood, VA

Lakewood School of Dance & Theatre Arts Lakewood, NJ

Middlesex Dance Center  Durham, CT

New Motion Dance Center Linwood, NJ

Perna Dance Ceter  Hazlet, NJ

Ronnie McLaughlin Dance Studio  Merchantsville, NJ

Roseann Bruna School of Dance  Mantua, NJ

South Jersey Dance Works  Sewell, NJ

Spotlight Dance Company  Catharpin, VA

The Conservatory of Dance  Shickshinny, PA

The Dance Forum South  Egg Harbor City, NJ

The Suzannah Stage School Warrington, PA

Triplett Dance Academy  Medford, NJ
Local community members interested volunteering for the parade, can send an email with their contact information to MissAParade@gmail.com.

An encore presentation of the parade will air at 4 p.m EST on WPVI-TV September 15, before the 2014 Miss America Competition begins on ABC.

Source: Miss America Organization