by MIKE CHAIKEN
Miss America took an early jaunt to Connecticut on Labor Day.
The annual Show Me Your Shoes parade was transplanted to Mystic, Conn. this year to offer a preview of the 51 women who will be vying for the crown at this year’s Miss America Scholarship Competition.
For 2021, after a cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event takes up a three year residency at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville this December. (The exact date still has not been announced.)
The parade was held on Labor Day because it’s the traditional day for the event, which originated at Miss America’s initial home in Atlantic City, N.J. The holiday tradition was maintained as a salute to the competitions 100th anniversary this year.
Contestants wore (or held) shoes that were decorated in a manner that reflected the best of what their states had to offer. Contestants also wore colorful costumes that honored their states as well. The contestants then were driven through Mystic waving to the people who lined the parade route.
Miss Connecticut Sapna Raghavan had shoes emblazoned with the logo of the Hartford Courant, which is the oldest continuingly published newspaper in the United States. She also wore a newspaper print skirt to reflect the theme of her shoes.
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN