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Arcadia Publishing Company will release a book next month documenting the 100th Anniversary of this resort’s Baby Parade.

Arcadia, an imprint of Tempus Publishing Inc., is the leading publisher of community oriented books in the country with offices in Charleston, South Carolina, Chicago, San Francisco and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The 128 page, fully illustrated book will be in stores July 20. It was written by historians Fred and Susan Miller of Ocean City in cooperation with dozens of contributors who provided photographs, news clippings and reminiscences.

“The Ocean City Baby Parade is the longest, continuously held baby parade in the nation, tracing back to August 10, 1901 when the City’s very first Baby Show was held,” notes the publisher. “It began with 46 babies in the prettiest, cutest, and fattest categories and has grown into a boardwalk extravaganza with 300 entrants, bands, professionally decorated commercial floats, homemade baby floats and grand marshals (including Joe DiMaggio).”

Miller, a past president of the Ocean City Historical Museum and his wife, Susan, dedicated a year to researching the parade.

The Millers have charted the Parade year by year since 1901 with notations listing who directed the event, who were grand marshals, etc. The first Parade ran from 1901 to 1904. There was no parade from 1905 to 1908.

In 1909 Leo Bamberger, a Philadelphia photo engraver, took over the event. Research shows that there was no parade in 1916 because of the Infantile Paralysis epidemic, no parade in 1918 due to World War 1 and no parade from 1943-45 because of World War ll. In 1946 there was a huge Parade celebrating the end of World War ll on August 14 the date the war ended a year earlier.

The Parade has been held continuously since 1946.August 13, 2009 will mark the 63rd consecutive year the event has been held since World War ll and the 100th time the event has been staged.

“When you add up the numbers it comes to exactly 100 years that Ocean City has held a Parade,” says Miller. “No community has held a Baby Parade with the consistency of Ocean City. And it is very doubtful that any other community has held 100 Baby Parades because of various interruptions.”

Since the Bamberger era, numerous volunteer directors have organized the event in cooperation with the City. They include Evelyn and Russell Hanscom, Priscilla Parker, Dutch and Doris Dahlhausen, Jennifer Padula and the present director, Susan Canale.

The City has invited all former participants in the Parade to return for the centennial celebration march. They will receive a commemorative mug but must register by contacting the City Public Relations Office 609-525-9300 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All former Baby Parade Queens and court members are invited to return also.

Entry forms for this year’s Parade are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, N.J. 08226, call 609-525-9300.