The Atlantic City Air Show is once again upon us in Southern Jersey. On Monday AC City officials and air show proprietors gathered in the Dennis Courtyard behind Bally's Casino and Hotel to announce the air show lineup, and unofficially kick–off the weeks festivities with a parade.
"Every year we continue to make it better than it was before, and make it the kind of event that is going to draw people to Atlantic City for the day, hopefully for a couple of days," says Mayor Langford of Atlantic City.
Named the "Thunder Over The Boardwalk", the AC Air Show is the largest beachfront Air Show on the East Coast. The show, which returns to its original Wednesday, will be held for the first time in June.
"Weekends typically in the Summer are very busy already. So if we do a midweek show, we help support that midweek business," says President of the Greater AC Chamber Joe Kelly.
"We enjoy doing Air Shows anywhere. But in Atlantic City there's always an energy to this city. There's an energy to the Air Show," says David Schultz.
Air show officials are expecting the energy to be through the roof like it was at Monday's parade, because this year's air show is free.
"Through the efforts of the chamber of commerce, soliciting funds from various businesses to provide this event, we just think the correct and best way to go is to offer this as a free event," says Mayor Langford.
"It's great because of what New Jersey and the shore went through, with the storm, you seen a lot about stronger than the storm and Jersey strong, this is kind of a way for us to participate," says Pilot Steve Capour.
But this year due to the federal government sequester, military issued aircrafts will not be featured in the show. However they were well represented in the parade.
"The sequester has thrown a curve ball to air show promoters, as well as to the performers and the public. We're so pleased that Atlantic City is powering on and having the show," claims Capour.
Nonetheless, aair showofficials are expecting a sky high success, and just as special as the armed forces parade on the boardwalk.