Cuteness overload: 109th Baby Parade makes its way down Ocean City boardwalk

It's the longest-running of its kind in the country.

Justin Udo
August 09, 2018 - 7:25 pm
109th annual Baby Parade

Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The beach babes are out in force for a tradition that dates back more than 100 years.

From lobsters and sharks to bumblebees and batmen, dozens of tykes dressed to impress as they made their way down the Ocean City boardwalk for the 109th annual Baby Parade.

109th annual Baby Parade
Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

109th annual Baby Parade
Justin Udo | KYW Newsradio

Michael Hartman, founding artistic director with the city, said the parade and its wacky roots draw people in from as far away as California.

"One-hundred-nine years ago, the babies were judged on being the fattest, the cutest, and it's evolved into something much more special, much more elaborate. The families really get into it, and I guarantee you they're already planning their entrees for 2019," he said.

Of the more than 200 babies participating, one of the crowd favorite floats was a 5-foot-high Philadelphia Eagles Lombardi Trophy with a podium supporting four babies.

Meghan Curren says it took more than 10 hours to put it together.

"We went to the Super Bowl this year to watch the Eagles win and wanted to memorialize that in the parade this year and have the Lombardi Trophy tour Ocean City," she said.

The Ocean City Baby Parade is the longest-running baby parade in the country.