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OCEAN CITY, N.J. --- Ocean City’s 103rd Annual Baby Parade, the longest consecutively run in the nation, is set for Thursday, Aug. 9th. The colorful event begins at 10:15 a.m. Parade route is from 6th to 12th Sts. on the Boardwalk.

Ocean City leads the world in holding the most Baby Parades. No other community or organization has held 100 parades, let alone 103. Grand marshals of this year’s Parade will be Fred and Susan Miller, authors of popular Ocean City history books.

The parade competition is open to children from infants to ten years of age. Parents may register at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. The Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Forms are also available at second floor of City Hall, Room 214, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call 609-525-9300. After hours, call 609-364-4010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at noon.

Divisions include Fancy Decorated Go Carts, Strollers, Coaches, Express Wagons etc; Comic Decorated Go Carts; Strollers, Coaches, etc.; Small Children’s Floats, (all vehicles including express wagons and baby carriages with tops or sides built on measuring more than three by five feet) and Commercial and Non-Commercial large floats.

Entry fee is $5 per child and $10 for commercial floats. All children receive a commemorative gift for being in the parade.

The Ocean City Baby Parade was founded by Leo Bamberger and his committee. Bamberger, a photo engraver, was one of the organizers of Labor Day. The Parade is now directed by Susan Canale who heads a committee of 40 volunteers.

Musical groups that will be featured in the event include the Interboro High School of Pennsylvania Marching Band, the Pitman Hobo Band, The Atlantic City Bagpipers, The Fred Hall Dixieland Band, the Hype Guards, an Award Winning Youth Color Guard with music and marchers and the Ed Coles Entertainers.