The Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City
Once known as Convention Hall, the historic Boardwalk Hall recently is the home of the Miss America Pageant.
The Miss America Pageant was presented
for the first time in September1933 in the Boardwalk Hall
and finally made the Hall its permanent home on September 7. 1946
Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization
is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many
decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional
goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence
To become Miss America, a contestant must first win a local competition
and then compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment,
hard work and talent. A woman may compete at the state level more than once,
but may only compete in the national Miss America competition one time.
More than twelve thousand women participate each year in the local and
state events, culminating in the selection of 51 national finalists who
vie for the Miss America title in Atlantic City.
Tens of thousands of volunteers organize the local
and state preliminary competitions, promoting community involvement
throughout the United States and furthering scholarship and achievement
among young women in their communities.
Miss America Parade
Miss America 2005: Deidre Downs