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Miss Mississippi 2014: Parade of Contestants

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Each contestant has won the right to be apart of the Miss Mississippi pageant by winning titles in communities across the state.  Source: WLBT Each contestant has won the right to be apart of the Miss Mississippi pageant by winning titles in communities across the state. Source: WLBT
The parade is such a part of the tradition for the pageant, it is only called off in the worst weather conditions.  Source: WLBT The parade is such a part of the tradition for the pageant, it is only called off in the worst weather conditions. Source: WLBT
Among the contestants this year, a pilot, a stand up comedian, several former gymnasts, and a member of a LaCross Team.  Source: WLBT Among the contestants this year, a pilot, a stand up comedian, several former gymnasts, and a member of a LaCross Team. Source: WLBT
Some are here for the first time, other veterans have been here as many as six times.  Source: WLBT Some are here for the first time, other veterans have been here as many as six times. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Vintage cars, fire engines, the Hinds Community College Hi- Steppers, 41 contestants and the reigning Miss Mississippi filled the streets of Downtown Vicksburg Monday night.

The sirens from the Vicksburg Police, Fire and Warren County Sheriff's Departments gave the signal the annual Parade of Contestants was about to begin.

The parade route along Downtown Vicksburg became a runway of sorts for the 41 contestants who are competing for the title of Miss Mississippi 2014. It is an opportunity for family, friends and fans to see the contestants and cheer on their favorites. Some had signs, others took pictures. 

The parade is such a part of the tradition for the pageant, it is only called off in the worst weather conditions.  It is similar to the Miss America parade made famous by the chant "show me your shoes" and the state costumes.

Each contestant has won the right to be apart of the Miss Mississippi pageant by winning titles in communities across the state.  This year there are several contestants from Alabama who attend college in Mississippi.

Some are here for the first time, other veterans have been here as many as six times.  All of them hope this is the year for victory and the opportunity to represent Mississippi at the Miss America Pageant.

Among the contestants this year, a pilot, a stand up comedian, several former gymnasts, and a member of a LaCross Team.  Each one of them is hoping they will ride off into the sunset in victory when one them realizes the dream of joining the other 86 women who have won the Miss Mississippi Crown.

Judges interviews for the contestants began Monday morning.  The first night of preliminary competition begins Wednesday.

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