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More than 200,000 people are expected to gather on the Boardwalk Sept. 14 as the Miss America Parade returns to Atlantic City.

The two-hour parade will kick off 5 p.m. at Rhode Island Avenue.

The two-mile route will end at Albany Avenue with acts stopping for performances in front of Boardwalk Hall.  The parade will feature more than 4,000 participants, according to the Miss America Organization, which is also projecting the large audience.

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Competition hosts Chris Harrison of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and Lara Spencer of “Good Morning America” will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford will be the honorary grand marshal, according to a parade lineup released Thursday.

Nearly 50 dance troupes, 16 choirs, 15 marching bands and 14 floats will be among those joining the 53 contestants on the Boardwalk. The parade will be broadcast live on PHL17 starting at 6 p.m. An encore performance will air 4 p.m. Sept. 15 on WPVI-TV, 6ABC.

“The community has been wonderful in welcoming us and the parade back to Atlantic City,” said parade producer John Best of JM Best Entertainment. “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.”

More than 500 local volunteers from various organizations are assisting with the parade.

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