September 5, 2013

A complete schedule of events, from a ribbon-cutting ceremony through to the famed competition’s return 
to Boardwalk Hall Sunday, Sept. 15.

Initially, the Miss America Pageant (officially called a “competition” instead of “pageant” this year) began as a marketing idea to attract summer tourists to remain in Atlantic City after Labor Day weekend. A “Fall Frolic” was held Sept. 25, 1920 — a day of activities that involved a parade of beautiful women parading down the promenade. 

The Fall Frolic parade was such a success that major cities all over America began holding beauty pageants — which at the time only consisted of voting based sheerly on popularity and a bathing suit competition — where each pageant’s winner would travel to Atlantic City after Labor Day to compete for the title of “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America” or “The Golden Mermaid.” On Sept. 8, 1921, 16-year-old Margaret Gorman from Washington D.C. was dubbed the winner. The following year, in 1922, she returned to Atlantic City to defend her title and won again, getting draped in an American flag and having a crown placed on her head. From that day forward, the pageant winner was called “Miss America.” 

The title of “Miss America” certainly has come a long way. Today, while representing the highest ideals, Miss America has been promoting young American women to emulate the perfect combination of beauty, grace, and intelligence. Miss America can be respected as a role model to women of all ages while utilizing her title to educate and remind her fellow Americans of various issues of great importance to herself and to the society in which she lives. The Miss America Competition is an annual event that awards scholarships to young women all across the country including Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Miss America Scholarship Program is the largest provider, awarding scholarship money to young women in the United States and across the world. 

After a seven-year absence, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the 53 Miss America contestants flew into Atlantic City before making their way to Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk to make their debut in the city where their legacy first began in 1921. This year’s competition will be returning to its birthplace, Atlantic City, after a stint since 2006 in Las Vegas. 

Many Atlantic City residents and Miss America enthusiasts throughout the country were thrilled to hear the announcement of Miss America’s return to Atlantic City for the 86th time, and 93rd overall. The Miss America Competition will consist of a 13-day schedule that includes an introduction of the 53 contestants, the “Show Me Your Shoes Parade,” and three nights of preliminary competitions to be held Sept. 10-12 at historic Boardwalk Hall. 

Traditionally, the young women will compete for the crown in the categories of Artistic Expression (Talent), Presentation and Community Achievement (Interview), Presence and Poise (Evening Wear), and Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit). These events will all lead up to the finals, where the current Miss America, Mallory Hagan, will pass down the crown to end her reign that — for the first time ever — began in Las Vegas and will end in Atlantic City. 

Miss America 2014 Schedule of Events

Thursday, Sept. 5

• The 53 contestants will partake in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of The Miss America Store, which will honor Miss America’s style and history in Atlantic City, at the Pier Shops at Caesars 5-7pm. Dinner will follow at Buddakan restaurant from 7-9pm.

Saturday, Sept. 7

• The Golden Nugget Hotel-Casino will host a Blondie concert in honor of the 53 contestants from 8:30-11pm.
Monday, Sept. 9

• The Trump Taj Mahal’s Hard Rock Cafe will host dinner for the Miss America contestants from 7-10pm.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 
Sept. 10-12

• The Competition Preliminaries will be held at Boardwalk Hall from 8-10:30pm. 

Friday, Sept. 13

• The Miss America Luncheon will be held at the Palm Restaurant in the Tropicana at noon.

• The LandShark Bar and Grill in Resorts Casino Hotel will host the 53 contestants for dinner at 6pm.

Saturday, Sept. 14

• The Miss America Gold and Silver Crown Celebration Breakfast will be held at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel from 10am-noon. This event will be held to aid in the celebration of the Golden Anniversary of Miss America 1964 Donna Axum and the Silver Anniversary of Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson. This special event will also recognize two members of another dedicated organization--the U.S. Military. Colonel James Isenhower III and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter. 

• The Miss America Boardwalk “Show Me Your Shoes” Parade will begin at Rhode Island Avenue and continue to Albany Avenue from 5-8pm.

More than 4,000 parade participants including the 53 Miss America contestants, legendary former Miss Americas, performers, dancers, choirs, elaborate floats, marching bands, military personnel, surprise performances and special guests, will march down the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 5pm. 

The parade route is from Rhode Island Avenue to Albany Avenue. Tickets are $20 for bleacher seating with free zones available, some of which will allow you to bring your beach chairs. The parade will be broadcast live on PHL-TV Channel 17 on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6-8pm, and on WOND-AM 1400 radio. The parade Grand Marshals will be Chris Harrison from ABC’s The Bachelor and Lara Spencer from ABC’s Good Morning America. For a complete list of the parade participants, visit 

Sunday, Sept. 15

• Mia’s at Caesars will be hosting the Forever Miss America’s public autograph signing from 10am-noon.

• The wives of fallen U.S. soldiers will be crowned honorary Miss Americas at Boardwalk Hall from 8-9pm.

• The Miss America Competition Finals will be held at Boardwalk Hall to announce this year’s 2014 Miss America from 9-11pm. 

Voting For Your Favorite Contestant

One of the newer elements to the Miss America Competition is the opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite contestant and have that vote influence the outcome, much like American Idol and other reality TV shows. The on-line fan votes will determine one contestant as America’s Choice and guarantee her spot in the Top 15 Semi-Finalists on Sunday night. To help you make your choice there are 53 videos, one for each contestant available online to watch to help you decide.

Cast your vote either by going to the Web site or via Facebook at There is a limit of one vote per person per contestant, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 pm EST on Sept. 12.

Ticket Information

Preliminaries, 8pm: $27.75, $60.75.

Parade: $20; $75 for rolling chair seating. (215) 893-1999. There will be 30,000 available paid seats along the perimeter of the parade.

Tickets for final-night preliminaries and finals: $167.60-$220.

Miss America Competition Finals, 8pm. 
$60.75, $114.95.

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