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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade Walks Along the Atlantic City Boardwalk Once More - Part 2 of 5
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Yesterday I attended the Miss America "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" on Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk. The event was part of a coming home ceremony for the Miss America Pageant after spending nine years in Las Vegas. In addition to contestants from all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., the historic parade also showcased numerous floats, marching bands and celebrities, such as legendary R&B group Kool and the Gang, as well as Lara Spencer & Chris Harrison, who will host tonight's finals live, beginning at 8 PM Eastern Time.
Miss America’s return to her home in Atlantic City, New Jersey was a 13 day event that followed Labor Day weekend. The competition aspect of the legendary pageant, which celebrates its 93rd edition tonight, included three nights of Preliminary Competitions at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance.
This was my first year attending the Miss America "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" and I walked away with an increased admiration for the contestants, whose bright spirits connect with fans much more than simply watching them on television. I've picked my favorites but wish them all the best of luck at tonight's event, which begins at 8 PM Eastern on ABC with a special edition of 20/20 called "Pageant Confidential: the Road to Miss America," which features a behind-the-scenes look at events leading up to tonight and an interview with current Miss America, 23-year-old Brooklyn, New York native Mallory Hytes Hagan.