Preceding the event is the 7th Annual Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest on Tuesday, July 30.
The annual Wildwoods Baby Parade, a Wildwoods tradition since 1909 and presented by the Wildwood Civic Club, takes place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.
Registration will take place before the parade from 4:30-5:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Lineup begins immediately following at Hand Avenue and the parade kicks off at 6 p.m. in front of the Wildwoods Sign on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. Judging will take place during lineup at the Hand Avenue Parking lot between 5-5:45 p.m. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m., and will proceed north on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Montgomery Avenue, where the parade will proceed down the ramp and cross over Ocean Avenue into Fox Park for the kids promenade and free fun activities and bounce houses for children participating in the Parade. Prizes and awards will be announced at 7:45 p.m. This revised route for the promenade allows there to be more of an individual focus on each participant.
The rain date for the Baby Parade and Participant Festival will be Thursday, August 1.
Participation in the Wildwoods Baby Parade is FREE and open to all children under 12 years of age. Parents can register their child in the following categories: Cutest Baby Boy, Cutest Baby Girl, Individual Best Dressed, Best Themed Group, Small Float, and Large Float.
Preceding this year’s Baby Parade is the 7th Annual Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest on Tuesday, July 30. An exciting event for infants, toddlers and spectators alike, the Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the grass circle in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center. This event encourages young participants of walking or crawling age to show off their speed-crawling or “waddling” techniques to win fun prizes.
The contest is open to any speed-crawling babies 15 months and younger, and any waddling toddlers 24 months and younger. The event will have two categories – The Crawl and The Waddle – and participants will be encouraged by their parents to crawl or waddle to the edge of a colorful 45-foot diameter circle. The first participant in each category to crawl or waddle outside of the circle will be declared the winner. The winning crawler and waddler will each receive a family 4-pack to Morey’s Piers which includes a 3-hour session at either Raging Waters or Ocean Oasis Waterparks, and unlimited amusement rides at all three Morey’s Piers Amusement Piers.
Registration for the Baby Waddle is FREE and begins at 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. The first 100 entries will receive a free sand bucket filled with fun prizes including a free ride on the carousel at Morey’s Piers, candy from Laura’s Fudge, and more.
For more information about the Wildwoods Baby Parade and Baby Waddle, please call 609-729-4000.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.