With the 2015 Miss America Pageant on ABC coming up soon on Sunday, September 14,at 9:00 p.m. EST, broadcast from Atlantic City, New Jersey, that means it is also almost time for the annual Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, on Saturday, September 13! The parade, which begins in front of historic Boardwalk Hall at Connecticut Avenue and lasts from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., is two miles long and it draws almost as much excitement as the Miss America competition, itself.
The 2015 Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade is a chance to have fun and show off the latest in what is hot and cool in foot apparel. This year, according to a report in Inquistr by David Cornell, Maggie Bridges, Miss Georgia, will be wearing 3D printed shoes, marking the first time ever that they have been worn in the parade. The shoes were designed by Georgia Tech, where she attends school.
The shoes that the 53 Miss America Pageant contestants, one from each state as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District Of Columbia, will be wearing are all state-themed. The designs on the shoes range from alligators on the foot ware of Miss Florida to Miss Florida’s to seas shells on those of Miss New Jersey.
Several of the Miss America Pageant contestants chose to wear boots this year. For instance, Miss South Dakota, a Kiss fan, will be wearing black leather metal-studded boots as an homage to Gene Simmons, the bass player of Kiss.
The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade would not last for very long if only the 53 Miss America Pageant contestants were in it. In all, over 4,000 people will participate in the parade, like past Miss Americas, choirs, dancers, shoe-themed floats, performers, marching bands, special guests, military personnel, and there will be surprise performances along the route.
The two-mile-long parade route runs from Rhode Island Avenue to Albany Avenue. There will be special viewing area right in front of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Then, on Sunday, September 14, the 2015 Miss America Pageant will be held inside of the historic building. Over 200,000 viewers are expected to be lining the parade route to view the event.
Producing the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade will be John M. Best, who is a two-time Emmy Award-winning parade producer. Also, over 500 local volunteers will help ensure that everything involved with the operation of the parade goes off without a hitch. There will be 14 floats in all, 50 dance groups, 15 marching bands and 16 choirs.
There are still some tickets available, but they are going fast. The last link, below, is one place tickets can be purchased, directly from Miss America.org. Roll-out chairs are already unavailable. General reserved seats are $22.50 while production viewing seats are $39.50. Also, there are Free Zones at various points along the parade route where people can view the happenings for free.
The two Grand Marshals of the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade will be Chris Harrison from ABC’s The Bachelor and Lara Spencer from Good Morning America. The Honorary Grand Marshal will be Atlantic City’s Mayor Don Guardian. The entertaining, fun-filled Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade is just one of the many activities leading up to the Miss America Pageant on Sunday, September 14.
Written By Douglas Cobb