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Wildwoods Announce Winners of Annual Baby Waddle Contest, Baby Parade

The Wildwoods Annual Baby Waddle Contest and Baby Parade were full of loveable youngsters.

From Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

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

Best Dressed

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

Small Float

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

Large 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 or call 800-992-9732.

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