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Atlantic City Miss America Pageant


The Miss America Pageant was started in 1921 to extend the Atlantic City summer season for business purposes. That is why it was held in the week following Labor Day. The Pageant was held in Atlantic City until 2005, after which it was moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2013 it returned to Atlantic City.

Scenes from the Miss America Pageant when it was held in Atlantic City are shown below.

To crown Miss America 2016, the Pageant was held in Atlantic City and Boardwalk Hall from September 11th to 13th, 2015.



Miss America Pageant


Miss America Pageant

The Miss America Pageant is back in Atlantic City.




First and Last Winners of Miss America Pageants
Held in Atlantic City, NJ


  Miss America - 1921

Miss America 1921

The winner of the first Pageant
was Margaret Gorman.

Photo credit:
Smithsonian Magazine

 Miss America - 2005

Miss America 2005

Deidre Downs was the winner of the
last Pageant held in Atlantic City.

Photo credit:
Miss America Pageant




Miss America Postcard - 1926


Miss America Postcard

Postcard by P. Sander - from the collection of Thomas Topham.

Miss America Invites You to Atlantic City


Miss America Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk


Atlantic City Boardwalk

Postcard by Joseph & John Polillo - from the collection of Thomas Topham.

One of the most popular events of the Pageant was a parade on the Boardwalk.




1953 Miss America Pageant Swimsuit Competition


1953 Miss America Swimsuit Competition




Miss America Float on the Boardwalk - 1962


Miss America Float on Atlantic City Boardwalk

Postcard by Jack Freeman - from the collection of Thomas Topham.

Miss America Float on the Atlantic City boardwalk.


Miss America Pageant


Miss America Pageant Contestants

Postcard by Jack Freeman - from the collection of Thomas Topham.

Miss America Pageant contestants on stage.



Bert Parks


Bert Parks

Bert Parks shown with Miss Ohio and Miss Texas in 1962.

Bert Parks was the longtime Master of Ceremonies for the annual Miss America Beauty Pageant. He sang the theme song, "There She Is," at the end of the show. He was fired in 1980 by producers who wanted a younger image for the Pageant.




A history of the Miss America Beauty Pageant in Atlantic City is available from the following book.

MISS America Book

You can purchase this book
from: Amazon.com


Live From Atlantic City - A History of the
Miss America Pageant by A.R. Riverol - 1992

The book, "Live from Atlantic City" traces the Pageant's history from its birth as a pseudo-event in 1921 through its emergence as an American popular culture icon.

Although millions watched the Pageant on television each year, "Live from Atlantic City" proposes that the Pageant was more than just a television show. Long before, after, and, some might argue, in spite of, television coverage, a carnival of beauty ran riot on Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk. With or without the cameras, bevies of sea nymphs, beach peaches, and coeds have paraded up and down runways hoping to win a slice of the American Dream.

"Live from Atlantic City" takes the reader to times
and places where no television camera has focused. Drawing upon (and sometimes debating with) primary and secondary sources, the author paints a vivid picture of life in Atlantic City during Pageant Week.




Boardwalk Hall


 Boardwalk Hall

Boardwalk Hall



The Miss America Pageant was held at Boardwalk Hall, from the hall's opening in 2001, until the pageant moved to Las Vegas. Now that the pageant has moved back to Atlantic City it is again held at Boardwalk Hall.



Miss America Way/Convention Boulevard


The Miss America Pageant had been held in Atlantic City continuously since 1921. In 2006, the Pageant moved to Las Vegas following a dispute over local funding and network television coverage. The pageant had been remembered in Atlantic City via "Miss America Way," the name of a block long section of road between the Sheraton Hotel and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In 2008, this road was renamed "Convention Boulevard."



The Miss America Pageant is Back in Atlantic City.


Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017

Savvy Shields
Miss America 2017

As of 2013 The Pageant is back in Atlantic City, where it started 93 years ago and where it was held until 2006, when organizers moved it to Las Vegas, Nevada.

On September 11th, 2016, Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, was crowned Miss America 2017.








To see Miss America memorabilia items on eBay follow this Link: Miss America on eBay




Previous Miss Americas since the Pageant returned to Atlantic City



Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014

Nina Davuluri
Miss America 2014


On September 15th, 2013 Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was crowned Miss America 2014.





















Kira Kanzantsev, Miss America 2015

Kira Kazantsev
Miss America 2015

On September 13th, 2014, Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, was crowned Miss America 2015.

Photo from the Miss America Organization.

















Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016

Betty Cantrell
Miss America 2016

On September 13th, 2015, Miss Georgia, Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America 2016.

Photo from the Miss America Organization.











      






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