More than 4,000 parade participants including the 53 beautiful Miss America contestants competing for the crown, legendary Miss Americas, performers, dancers, choirs, elaborate floats, marching bands, military personnel, surprise performances and special guests, will march down the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 14th in celebration of the 2014 Miss America Competition For the first time in history, the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade presented by Pink & Pepper will broadcast live on PHL17 on Saturday, September 14th from 6pm – 8pm EST. An encore presentation of the parade will air September 15th, 4pm- 6pm EST on WPVI-TV, 6abc, the official media sponsor, before the 2014 Miss America Competition begins on ABC. The parade is a celebration leading into the final night of the 2014 Miss America Competition's live broadcast on ABC from historic Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 15. The two-hour parade will kick-off at Rhode Island Avenue at 5:00 p.m. Measuring a distance of approximately two miles, the full parade route stretches from Rhode Island Avenue to Albany Avenue with a special performance viewing area in front of historic Boardwalk Hall. More than 200,000 people are expected to view this spectacular display along the famed Boardwalk. "As we celebrate the return of this classic tradition, we are excited to have such a dynamic company like Pink & Pepper step in style to support our parade on it's journey back to the Boardwalk in Atlantic City," stated Sam Haskell, Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization. The public can purchase tickets for Boardwalk seating at www.ticketphiladelphia.org, or by phone at (215) 893-1999, 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST. Tickets for parade seating are $20. Additionally, there are several Free Zones along the parade route to stand and watch the parade. "The return of the parade is a historic moment for AC and a wonderful event on the Boardwalk that will bring visitors, fans and locals very close to the Miss America contestants," said Liza Cartmell, President Atlantic City Alliance. "Septembers are warm in Atlantic City and it is a perfect weekend activity, so everyone is invited to join in the fun and show off their creativity with their own shoe designs." The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade will be produced by two-time EMMY Award-winning parade producer John M. Best and his team from JM Best Entertainment in collaboration with Under the Sun Productions. JM Best Entertainment will be joined by a number of production associates, vendors and team members from the Atlantic City region. Additionally, more than 500 local volunteers from various organizations are participating in parade operations. “ We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the local community to produce The Miss America 'Show Us Your Shoes Parade',” says John Best. "While we produce numerous parades around the country, this is certainly a parade with beloved tradition and we plan to keep that tradition going strong, while creating new memories for parade spectators. It is great to have this event back in Atlantic City. The community has been wonderful in welcoming us and the parade back to Atlantic City. This is going to be a very special one-of-a-kind event.” “It is great to be working with so many local groups, marching bands, special units, and volunteers from around the Atlantic City area, says Todd Marcocci, Coordinating Producer for the parade. "I have been involved with Miss America's parade in previous years and I am thrilled to be back as one of the producers. The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade is an event for everyone to enjoy." As of press time, highlighting the parade will be: Grand Marshals: Chris Harrison from ABC's "The Bachelor" Lara Spencer from "Good Morning America" Honorary Grand Marshal Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford City of Atlantic City Representation: Atlantic City Police Motor Squad Atlantic City High School Band Atlantic County All-Star Band Atlantic City Fire Department Sand Pipers Bag