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Miss Mississippi Parade of Contestants

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The heat and humidity did not put a damper on the annual Parade of Contestants for Miss Mississippi. Family, friends and supporters lined Washington Street in downtown Vicksburg to cheer on the young woman they believe will win the crown Saturday night.

Supporters pulled out hand fans or tried to find a cool spot along Washington Street waiting for the signal from Vicksburg Police and the Warren County Sheriff's Department that the contestants were on their way. 

Starting off the parade was Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen, Grace Post of Madison. Then in convertibles, the 30 contestants waved to cheering family members, fans and supporters.

When the parade ends, the night is not over for the contestants. They attend an autograph party before they can call it a day.

In judges interviews contestants will share their platforms, accomplishments and even some of their battles with weight, health issues, the loss of friends to tragedy, even bullying. The contestants say they hope the public sees they are more than the gowns, the glitter or the crowns they wear. 

They are bright, giving, talented young women who represent communities from around the state. One of the 30 hopes to follow in the footsteps of Miss Mississippi 2014, Jasmine Murray, who was a Top 10 finalist at Miss America, a Quality of Life finalist for her volunteer work, and had the opportunity to sing for President Barack Obama.

Rehearsals continue Tuesday, as the contestants put the finishing touches on production numbers before they are back on the stage at the Vicksburg Convention Center Wednesday for the first night of preliminary competition.

Watch for our continuing coverage of Miss Mississippi 2015. One of the contestants talks with us about having a double mastectomy at the age of 19, another about the loss of a friend to texting and driving, and Miss Hattiesburg will pay tribute to the two officers who were killed in the line of duty.

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