Sunday, November 29, 2015

Show us your boots? Atlantic City gets a parade

Atlantic City gets a parade back.

Show us your boots? Atlantic City gets a parade



Nothing will ever replace the beloved, campy, groovy and actually exciting Miss America Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, but the tourism folks at the city that's not actually dying have come up with what sounds like a pretty good idea:

An Armed Forces Parade to kick off the monster airshow, Thunder over the Boardwalk, which this year has been expanded to be a three-day festival of fighter jet and military prowess and skill.

I have mixed feelings about the airshow over the beach every year, too much noise, too much military just for fun, but it has drawn hundreds of thousands each year. The inaugural parade, to be held at 6 p.m. Monday August 15, will feature military bands, including the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Band, a New Orleans Brass Band, and "a classic Jersey Shore Rock & Roll ensemble" (paging the usual suspects.)

It will stretch from New Jersey Avenue to Albany Avenues on the Boardwalk and last about 90 minutes. Sounds cool. And, like Miss America back in the day, I may end up going to the parade, but skipping the event itself. Thunder over the Boardwalk will be Wednesday August 17th. Practice Day, an always hair-raising run-through the day before which is now an official part of the proceedings, is the Tuesday in between.

Veteran or civic organizations interested in participating in the Boardwalk parade should contact Charles Coyle at 609-641-5631 or 609-442-7547 or via e-mail at for an application. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 5.

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Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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