WILDWOOD – The Wildwoods annual Baby Waddle Contest and Baby Parade were fun-filled events full of smiles and loveable youngsters from across the tri-state area.
The Baby Waddle, held on July 25, brought out speed-crawling babies and fast-waddling toddlers. Participants in the two categories – The Crawl and The Waddle – were encouraged by their parents to crawl or waddle from the center to the edge of a 45-foot diameter colorful parachute circle. The baby or toddler that made their way out of the circle first were declared the winners.
Alice Hagan of Whippany, NJ was the first-place ‘crawler’, and Ariella Mancar of Poughkeepsie, NY was the first-place ‘waddler’. Each baby’s family won a family 4-pack to Morey’s Piers and Water Parks.
This year’s Wildwoods Baby Parade, held on July 26, attracted the region’s most adorable children, along with creative floats, decorated carriages and wagons, and crowds of parents, family, friends, and vacationers – all taking part in the festivities and admiring the costumed youngsters. The Wildwoods Baby Parade has been a time-honored Jersey Shore tradition since 1909, and this year’s event demonstrated that this is still one of the Wildwoods’ most anticipated and popular summertime events for families.
Following the parade, three winners from six categories received recognition. Below is a list of first, second, and third place winners from each of the six categories:
Cutest Baby Boy
1st Place – J.J. Renz from Havertown, PA
2nd Place – Remy Farr from Philadelphia, PA
3rd Place – Luke Chew from Wallingford, PA
Cutest Baby Girl
1st Place – Ryann Landgraf from Mickleton, NJ
2nd Place – Lina Broccoli from Lanoka Harbor, NJ
3rd Place – Mia Howey from Throop, NJ
1st Place – Paisley Horan
2nd Place – Margot Masker
3rd Place – Claire Kennedy
Best Themed Group
1st Place – Olivia and Jack – 1950s Ice Cream Parlor theme
2nd Place – Jason and Damen – Creative ‘Blackout’ 2023 theme
3rd Place – Quinn, Chase, and Adrianna – Spooky Haunted Mansion theme
1st Place – Juliana Pawlowski – Doo Wop float
2nd Place – Chloe Marie Powell – Little Bo Peep float
3rd Place – Henry, Cole, and Jake – Peter Pan float
1st Place – Cole, Grace, and Ryleigh – Under the Sea float
2nd Place – Jackson, Haley, and Ally – Catch of the Day float
3rd Place – Matthew, James, and Thomas – The Rougher the Seas, The Smoother We Sail float
For additional information about the Wildwoods, please visit www.WIldwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.