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Carol Erickson is Named Grand Marshal of Ocean City's 100th Baby Parade

Carol Erickson, popular CBS Philadelphia television personality, has been named grand marshal of Ocean City’s 100th Baby Parade.

The historic event is set for Thurs., Aug. 13 starting 10:15 a.m. on the Ocean City Boardwalk from 6th to 12th Sts. Erickson will lead a parade that features over 300 participants and an array of bands, floats and special contingents.

“We are all familiar with Carol’s long time contributions to the area as a respected meteorologist and reporter,” said Sue Canale, Parade Director. “But her concern for pets and animals and her work on behalf of cancer research have established her as a symbol of what a television personality can accomplish for the betterment of the community.

“We are proud to have Carol Erickson as our grand marshal because in her quiet and unassuming way she has become more than a popular celebrity, she has become a great person. Her kindness and concern epitomize what this family resort is all about.”

For many years, Erickson has included pet advisories in her weather forecasts, hosts a “pet page” on CBS 3’s website and reports helpful animal related stories. She has also hosted the popular “Ask The Vet” segment with Dr. Jerry Geffen which airs on Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday mornings and answers questions about pet care.

Erickson serves on the board of Philadelphia’s Animal Care and Control Association, has earned a diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling and in 2007 was awarded the Pennsylvania SPCA Media All Star Award for her stories on the care of animals and for calling attention to the plight of animals.

Erickson has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards for weather anchoring, writing and spot news reporting. In 2004 she won an Emmy for “Carol’s Story,” her courageous reports on her personal battle with breast cancer. As a survivor, Erickson also volunteers her time locally to support and promote the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure of Cancer held on Mother’s Day in Philadelphia.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Erickson has been awarded numerous citations and accreditations from meteorological societies and serves on the evaluation committee of the National Weather Assn. She is considered an expert in her field.

Ocean City’s Baby Parade was founded in 1901 and featured 46 babies in the prettiest, cutest and fattest categories. There were several interruptions during the two World Wars and an infantile Paralysis epidemic. The Parade has been held every year since World War II. Ocean City is the only community in the country to hold 100 baby parades.

In addition to Baby Parade contestants, former participants in Ocean City Baby Parades will also march in the event and past baby parade queens and princesses will be featured on floats. Area groups and service clubs will be represented including the Ocean City Exchange Club, Shore Memorial Hospital, the Ocean City Community Assn., the Colony Club and a contingent of basset hounds from the Doo Dah Parade.

Bands and musical groups scheduled include the Interboro High School Marching Band, Oakrest High School Marching Band, Ferko String Band, Clevemore Fancy Brigade, Crescent Temple String Band, Pitman Hobo Band, Atlantic City Bagpipers, Ed Coles Entertainers, Fred Hall Dixieland Band, Elvis Performer, Ted Prior and the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band of Ocean City.

Parents can register their youngsters for the Parade until cut-off time, Tues., Aug. 11 at noon. Registrations are being taken seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Music Pier Information Center, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, call 609-525-9245. Registrations are also being taken at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 609-525-9300 fax 609-399-0374.