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Miss Mississippi Parade of Contestants

By Maggie Wade - bio| email

VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) - The rain moved in but it did not put a damper on the annual Parade of Contestants for Miss Mississippi.

The show must go on, rain or shine, but the clouds parted just long enough for fans, supporters and family to get a look at the 45 young women who hope to win the title of miss Mississippi 2010.

They are composers, volunteers, dancers, singers, musicians. The 45 miss Mississippi contestants have experienced losses, victories and made life long friendships.

The annual parade is the first opportunity the public has to see the contestants up close and personal. The crowns, gowns, smiles and waves to familiar faces are an annual tradition in the River City.

Some of these contestants are studying to be doctors, some lawyers, educators, even news and sports anchors. They are most proud of their platforms that range from youth drug prevention, to make a wish, efforts to help the homeless or hunger in the state, and cultural awareness.

Some of them exercise for up to two hours a day promoting a healthy lifestyle, but they will tell you true beauty is not measured by your dress size. They will use this year's scholarship winnings to continue their educations.

Miss Mississippi 2010 will earn a 10 thousand dollar scholarship, and other prizes including the use of a car for a year, a fashion award and a mink coat.

The judges interviews begin Tuesday morning. The interview will count 30 percent of the contestants final score.

This year for the first time 8 patients from the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital at UMMC were included in the parade.

Miss Mississippi 2009 Anna Tadlock has spent much of her year volunteering at the hospital.

This parade is one of her final duties until Saturday night when she crowns the new Miss Mississippi at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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