OCEAN CITY -
Young ladies from across the Garden State will soon be vying for the chance to represent New Jersey in the historic Miss America Pageant.
They paraded down the boardwalk where many onlookers got their first glimpse of this year's contestants who are hoping to capture the coveted crown of Miss New Jersey.
"Oh my gosh, this is like my Super Bowl," said Lindsey Petrosh, Miss New Jersey 2012.
Hundreds of pageant fans and parade onlookers line the boardwalk for this year's Miss New Jersey parade.
"This really kicks things off. The girls look forward to it. It's a fun night for them," said Lou Barthold, Executive Director of the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation.
"This is kind of like the icebreaker before the competition," described Petrosh.
From Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence to Diana Ross; the 24 contestants hoping to capture the crown brought Hollywood to Ocean City in this year's "Red Carpet" theme.
"They're all dressing up as different characters that have once walked on the red carpet," explained Petrosh.
The weather was less than ideal, but that didn't dampen anyone's spirit.
"It's not the best beach weather, but there's still a lot of people here," said onlooker Rita Concannon.
"The parade must go on," said Ocean City resident Beverly Denney.
"They're all here rooting for their hometown girl," said Barthold.
"We're here to see who we want to pick as Miss New Jersey," said Robin Filippone, Miss New Jersey Pageant show producer
Some of the state's most accomplished young ladies will compete in interview, swimsuit, talent and evening wear in an effort to win the coveted title of Miss New Jersey 2015.
"It's an exciting week; the competition is amazing, the girls are so talented and so intelligent and so beautiful and so poised," described Petrosh.
The first of two nights of preliminary competition kicks off Thursday at the Ocean City Music Pier and on Saturday a new queen will be crowned to represent the garden state at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September.
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