Miss America 2014: Show Us Your Shoes Parade

Part of bringing the pageant back to Atlantic City meant bringing back some of the traditions that were lost when it moved to Las Vegas. One of these great traditions is the Show Us Your Shoes Parade.

Show Us Your Shoes
Show Us Your Shoes

Each state was able to design a pair of shoes, or decorate a pair they already have, to fit a theme of costume representing their state in some way. It was very exciting to see which direction each state went. My personal favorites were Idaho and New Jersey. Idaho wore a potato sack and had little potatoes on her shoes! New Jersey was a beautiful mermaid, and instead of shoes she had flippers like a fin. She was in character and it was wonderful.

Carrie and I
Carrie and I

Thankfully, despite my battery dying at the very first float, Carrie was able to snap a picture of nearly every single float! She was so excited to see some of the titleholders that some are blurry, but they are simply great proof of the level of excitement that was at this parade.

Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013
The Forevers
The Forevers

I couldn’t help but laugh when the Catalina Swimwear float came buy. The model in the one piece screamed “We match” at me. I didn’t know this but Carrie had snapped a picture of that very moment.

Catalina Swimwear
Catalina Swimwear

The States:

Alabama
Alabama
Arizona
Arizona
Arkansas
Arkansas
California
California
Colorado
Colorado
Connecticut
Connecticut
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Delaware
Delaware
Florida
Florida
Georgia
Georgia
Hawaii
Hawaii
Iowa
Iowa
Idaho
Idaho
Illinois
Illinois
Indiana
Indiana
Kansas
Kansas
Kentucky
Kentucky
Louisiana
Louisiana
Massachusettes
Massachusettes
Maryland
Maryland
Maine
Maine
Michigan
Michigan
Minnesota
Minnesota
Missouri
Missouri
Mississippi
Mississippi
Montana
Montana
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Dakota
North Dakota
Nebraska
Nebraska
New Hampshire (Carrie was too excited to stay still when she took the photo!)
New Hampshire (Carrie was too excited to stay still when she took the photo!)
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Mexico
New Mexico
Nevada
Nevada
Nina, Miss New York!
Nina, Miss New York!
Ohio
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Oregon
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
South Dakota
Tennessee
Tennessee
Texas
Texas
Utah
Utah
Virginia
Virginia
US Virgin Islands
US Virgin Islands
Vermont
Vermont
Washington
Washington
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
West Virginia
West Virginia
Wyoming
Wyoming
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