Friday, July 31, 2009

Pageant World Has Crabs

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The most coveted title in pageantry is up for “crabs.”

On August 5, Ocean City, New Jersey, will host its annual Miss Crustacean beauty pageant, where hermit crabs compete for a crown and cucumber trophy.

Organizer Mark Soifer says Miss Crustacean is a source of “jealousy” among other pageants like Miss USA, which doesn’t get nearly as much publicity.

Unlike human pageants, the crab pageant is question-free, so 10-legged contestants won’t be giving their opinions on controversial issues like gay rights.

Instead, contenders walk down a “high-tech” runway outfitted with flashing lights while being adored by the crowd.

Past pageant beauties have included “Copacrabana,” a crab dressed as a showgirl, and “Crabapatra,” who was carried on stage by humans clad in togas.

The winning crab takes a victory stroll to “Here It Comes, Miss Crustacean,” sung this year by a mermaid and Elvis impersonator.

Soifer says Miss Crustacean has no official duties – being beautiful is enough.

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