Ocean City Celebrates 109th Baby Parade

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Many people traveled to Ocean City, not to go on the beach, but to take a stroll on the boards as the 109th Ocean City Baby Parade kicked off on Thursday, August 9th. 

Strollers were decorated, and costumes were created as the parade kicked off.

“It’s just so family-friendly, and it just brings back nostalgia of the old days when people all did that," said Maura Kohlmann, of Brick. "I’m just glad a couple communities still do it.”

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“Just everyone is having fun," said Katie Hodack, of Egg Harbor Township. "We love to be outside. The crowd loves it. You get to blow bubbles and everyone claps and applaud[s] and it’s just a really fun time.” 

“We’re just really happy to be here and I’m so happy it’s a nice day and not too hot,” said Susan Rosario, of Vineland.

As much fun as families have, they also take it pretty seriously with some people spending a good amount of time getting ready for the big day.

“It took two weeks in the middle of my kitchen, on my kitchen table and on my counter tops," said Jennifer Jones, of Ridley Park, Pa. [I] haven’t cooked for two weeks.” 

“We come up with something new every year and we’ve gotten bigger and bigger and made it more mechanical and more detailed,” said Kohlmann.

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Some are just excited for a chance to pass down the tradition to another generation.

“It’s our first attempt at their baby parade,” said Pam Donnelly, of Egg Harbor Township.

“She had a baby parade 34 years ago, so we’re keeping it in the family — the second generation,” said Linda Ifert, of Egg Harbor Township.

“This year he is Airman Eddie in the helicopter. It’s the same helicopter I rode in when I was a little baby 30-some years ago in the same parade," said Kim Kloss, of Ridley Park, Pa.. "Looking back on pictures from my childhood, I wanted him to have the same experience." 

For most, the history behind this day and the memories made at past baby parades are what make it so special.

"My kids come every year and in the middle of the winter we sit back and think about the baby parade and walking down the boardwalk and it’s just fun," said Jones. "It’s great memories for us.” 

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