A complete schedule of events, from a ribbon-cutting ceremony through to the famed competition’s return to Boardwalk Hall Sunday, Sept. 15. Plus, photos and video links from throughout the Miss America 2014 festivities.
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 acweekly.com.
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 missamerica.org/videocontest or via Facebook at facebook.com/MissAmericaOrganization. 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.
The 94-year-old pageant will once again be held at Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall, where it started and returned to last year after an eight-year absence
A media event will be held Friday, Jan. 10, starting 2:30pm at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center to announce the official date of the 2015 Miss America Competition at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
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"I attended the pageant a couple of times when it was in Las Vegas, but I have to tell you now that it is back I think it will be wonderful."
"I am looking forward to being here and participating in the pageant especially the Boardwalk Parade."
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At this year's Miss America Parade, there will be seats for $20 on both sides of the Boardwalk along the entire route, with the traditional rolling chairs available for $75 (up to three people per chair), and standing room zones that are free.
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