Out of the television screen and onto the Ocean City Boardwalk; pageant contestants paid tribute to their favorite shows, sitcoms and series during the annual Miss New Jersey parade. Hundreds of onlookers witnessed the 28 contestants each dressed in original costumes and riding by in their decorated cars.
Popular shows like Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Grey’s Anatomy captivate millions of viewers; with that in mind, contestants used their creativity to capture each show’s theme and recreate well-known characters. Miss Monmouth County Jessica Milne even included a dragon releasing smoke with her unique display for Game of Thrones.
Like TV Come to Life
Along with the contestants commemorating these current and binge-worthy shows, other Miss New Jersey hopefuls portrayed classic television shows; for example, I Love Lucy, Gilligan’s Island and The Addam’s Family. Miss Northern Lakes, Hannah Vendetta, also paid homage to 1970’s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show; of course, this was one of the first shows to focus on an independent, career-driven woman.
Game shows and reality shows were also among the costumes chosen by the contestants. After appearing on the show herself, Miss Eastern Shore Kaitlyn Schoeffel portrayed The Price is Right featuring photos from her own television appearance.
A few feel-good series were also in the mix as contestants paid tribute to Gilmore Girls and Friends. For both their displays, Miss Stars & Stripes Ashley Kulikowski and Miss Camden County Alyssa Sullivan made sure to include the iconic coffee shops featured in Gilmore Girls and Friends, respectively.
A Parade and a Pageant All in One
With contestants acting as the main characters of the parade, the supporting roles included local dance and cheerleading teams as well as high school marching bands. These groups performed their routines between the cars of the contestants and continued down the boardwalk to entertain onlookers as the sun began to set.
Though the parade ended on the boardwalk, the Miss New Jersey Pageant continued with the preliminary competition; this took place Thursday and Friday evening at The Ocean City Music Pier. The finals of the pageant will take place on June 17 in the same location.
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