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Ocean City plans world's largest bikini parade in August

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Women planning to visit the beach in late August will have the opportunity to make their vacation like no other by participating in what Ocean City hopes will be the world's largest bikini parade.

The bikini parade is the highlight of a planned Uptown Beach Bash, an event made to boost activity uptown in late August, drawing attention to an under utilized area during a slow part of the summer season.

To break the Guinness World Record, set back in March by Panama City Beach, Fla., more than 450 women will need to participate in the parade, said Brad Hoffman of Spark Productions, the company organizing the event. Spark Productions, along with the North Ocean City Business Alliance, has planned the event to take place Aug. 25. (Before Florida got into the act, the record was held by Australia. Really.)

"It's not a bikini contest, it's women of all shapes, sizes and colors just coming out to celebrate the beach, celebrate the bikini, celebrate their family being on the beach together and breaking a world record," Hoffman said.

The women will parade up the beach from the Princess Royale on 91st Street to the Carousel Resort Hotel on 118th Street.

Hoffman said women will need to register for the event, and that registration will be available online soon. Registration will cost $10, with 60 percent donated to local charities Diakonia, the Surfrider Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

The bash will have an opening party, including a paddle-board regatta, at BJ's On the Water at 75th Street on Friday, Aug. 24. After the parade on Saturday, to celebrate the expected record-breaking there will be events at the Carousel, then later at the Blue Ox on 127th Street. There will also be a wrap-up party, Localpalooza, on Sunday at Northside Park featuring live bands, Hoffman said.

Get registration information on the event's Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/OceancityMDRecordBreakingBikiniBeachWalk.

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