ATLANTIC CITY -- Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri of Syracuse, New York, returned to Atlantic City on Friday, Jan. 10, to join a press conference at the Atlantic City Sheraton and announce the date of the 2015 Miss America Pageant.
The 94-year-old pageant will once again be held at AC's Boardwalk Hall, where it started and returned to last year after an eight-year absence. A multi-year agreement brought Miss America back to Atlantic City in 2013, and September 2014 will mark the 60th anniversary of the pageant being broadcast on television. It is the longest-running televised show in the history of television.
Sunday, Sept. 14, is the date of the Miss America Pageant, which will be broadcast live on ABC-TV at 9pm (eastern time). Preliminary competition will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 9-11, at Boardwalk Hall, and the ever-popular Miss America ‘Show Us Your Shoes Parade’ will be held on the Boardwalk Saturday, Sept. 13 – the day before the pageant finals.
Along with Davuluri, Friday’s press conference featured Miss America Organization’s chairman and CEO Sam Haskell, Atlantic City’s newly elected mayor Don Guardian, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority executive director John Palmieri, Atlantic City Alliance’s president Liza Cartmell, and Miss America Organization president Sharon Pearce.
“We plan to proudly showcase the beauty of Atlantic City and Miss America together once again on ABC,” said Haskell. “The country embraced our return to our birthplace, which was evident last September with the best television ratings in over nine years. It was one of our most successful events in pageant history. We had such a good time. Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to see an incredible young woman from the state of New York, Nina Davuluri, crowned as the first Miss America of Indian-American heritage.
“We are excited as plans unfold for a new television event and we are so thrilled to build on the success of being home in Atlantic City.”
“I wanted to talk a little about my first experience coming to Atlantic City for the first time,” said Davuluri. “Although I’m from New York, right around the corner, I had never been to Atlantic City until September and really didn’t know what to expect. But let me tell you, Atlantic City truly rolled out the red carpet for me and all of us contestants. The love and support and encouragement that we received from the entire community was truly amazing.”
“I’m thrilled the pageant is back in my home town of Atlantic City, New Jersey,” said Guardian. “We certainly missed it, and I feel like the proud papa welcoming the family home again.
"Miss America will always be part of Atlantic City. This past election certainly showed what a diversified community we have here, and I could not be more excited that the first Miss America of Indian-American descent is happening at the same time that I’m serving as mayor of Atlantic City. It shows how much we’ve changed as a country, and how important it is to embrace our wonderful cultural diversity. And Atlantic City certainly is the town in which to do that.”
Haskell mentioned during the press conference that he had been asked at an event with the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce if the Miss America Organization would ever consider returning to Las Vegas.
“My answer was simply, ‘No,’” he said.
“The governor’s team provided the impetus for bringing Miss America back to Atlantic City where it belongs,” said Palmieri. “The power of the Miss America brand and its positive economic impacts have empowered us to promote Atlantic City’s appeal as a tourism destination, beyond gaming.”
“Not only was Miss America a huge ratings hit, it was driver of enormous positive publicity for Atlantic City,” said Cartmell. “I think it far exceeded most of our expectations. Much of the media that covered Miss America equated the competition’s return to Atlantic City as one symbol of the city’s great comeback. It also clearly and effectively demonstrated that Atlantic City offers more than just gaming, and across the entire spectrum this has been a case of a community pulling together to make something wonderful happen.”
Tickets for the 2015 Miss America Competition will go on sale this spring.
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Since we won't have a parade to attend on Friday evening or a pageant to watch on Saturday night, we can't help but feel a little ... well, empty this week. No Miss America in Atlantic City after 85 years of history in the town that was always synonymous with the annual competition. Enjoy the trip down memory lane as we wax nostalgic over the pageants of yesteryear. 1921 First Miss America competition is held. A group of hoteliers and other businessmen invent a beauty pageant with the intention of attracting visitors in September and extending the summer season to pad their seasonal profits. The winner of the pageant was to be called "The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America." The pageant's first winner, Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., would soon be the first to be called "Miss America," but not until the end of her reign. 1925 The pageant is broadcast "live" on radio for the first time. 1928 Religious and women's advocacy groups gain ground in their annual protests of the Miss America pageant, which they content is an exploitation of the women involved. The pageant's organizers vote to cancel the pageant. No Miss America is crowned in 1928. 1929 A...