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Miss Mississippi 2013: Parade of contestants

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The parade began with the traditional siren, the signal the annual event is about to get underway. The parade began with the traditional siren, the signal the annual event is about to get underway.
Contestants are hoping to win more than 100 thousand dollars in scholarships. Contestants are hoping to win more than 100 thousand dollars in scholarships.
Each of the 35 must have her own platform that focuses on a need in their communities and this state. Each of the 35 must have her own platform that focuses on a need in their communities and this state.
VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Monday night the first big event was held  for this year's Miss Mississippi Pageant, the annual Parade of Contestants. In addition to the crown and the opportunity to compete for Miss America, contestants are hoping to win more than 100 thousand dollars in scholarships.

The parade began with the traditional siren, the signal the annual event is about to get underway. Family members, pageant organizers, and fans gathered along Washington Street to watch each car as it rolls past with royalty on board.

 A key part of the Miss Mississippi Pageant is volunteer service. The young women have worked on issues from hunger, to bullying, self esteem, pet adoption, support for the nation's soldiers and their families, organ donation, arts education and childhood obesity. Each of the 35 must have her own platform that focuses on a need in their communities and this state.

Miss Mississippi will compete for the Quality of Life Award at Miss America which recognizes contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. The reigning Miss Mississippi, Marie Wicks was one of seven finalists at the national pageant. She collects donated eye glasses for the needy.

Colleges and universities in the state also offer in kind scholarships. Since 1998 that comes to more than 10 million dollars. This year's total is more than 1.2 million, with the largest amount coming from Jackson State University. Over 800 thousand dollars in tuition waivers are offered to contestants.

Tuesday judges interviews continue and more rehearsals. The first night of preliminary competition begins Wednesday night with winners announced in swimwear and talent.

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