OCEAN CITY — Live and in living color, the 28 Miss New Jersey contestants paraded down the Boardwalk on Wednesday night, kicking off the annual pageant week events.

Each Miss New Jersey contestant rode on a decorated car and had float accessories for the parade’s theme, “Television Comes Alive on the Boardwalk.”

From classic TV shows such as “I Love Lucy” and “Gilligan’s Island” to the Netflix-age favorites such as “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things,” the contestants had fun with the theme.

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Borrowing a tradition from the Miss America parade held just down the shoreline in Atlantic City, the girls kicked up their heels as onlookers cried, “Show us your shoes!”

The parade marks the 21st consecutive year the Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City. The parade is also one of the last public appearances for Miss New Jersey 2016 Brenna Weick.

“It’s bittersweet,” Weick said. “Rehearsals have been easier for me this time, but the girls have been working so hard and we are having such a great time.”

The parade also featured several Miss Outstanding Teens from across the state, as well as marching bands, dance groups and high-flying cheerleaders.

The judges, including Press of Atlantic City Director of Entertainment Publications Scott Cronick, had many favorites, with notables being Miss Monmouth County Jessica Milne’s “Game of Thrones”-inspired float and Miss Columbus Day Olivia Michael, who dressed as Jeannie from “I Dream of Jeannie.”

The runners-up for the parade will be announced during Thursday and Friday night’s preliminary competitions. The parade award winner will be announced during Saturday’s pageant finals.

Both nights of preliminaries will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The Press will have full coverage and photos of the preliminary competitions and the pageant.

Contact: 609-272-7286 LCarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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