Sunday, September 14, 2014

Being a guest at the Miss America Pageant

It's that time of year again when folks flock to the Atlantic City boardwalk to take part in the pageantry of the Miss America Contest.

We wrote a little about this event last year, but thought we would mention it again.......

This is the second year that the Miss America pageant is back in Atlantic City again!  I can’t help but wonder if they brought it back  last year in an effort to help boost the economy since hurricane Sandy’s visit. Regardless of why they brought it back to the East Coast, I'm glad they did.  Atlantic City is such an Iconic backdrop for the Miss America Pageant.
My sister and I had the opportunity to sit in the audience of the Miss America Pageant when it was previously held in Atlantic City.  The competition was held inside Boardwalk Hall.  Although the venue looks all glitzy and glamorous on TV, I assure you, it is not that way in person.  I was shocked when we walked in to Boardwalk Hall and the atmosphere was like a ware house!
Here is a zoomed out picture so you can see the whole area.
Regardless of what “our end” looked like, it was amazing getting to watch something “in person” that we’ve only ever got to watch on television.
The pageant began back in the 1920's in Atlantic City. It was always held the week after Labor Day in an effort to extended the tourist season and build more revenue for the city.  2004 was the last time the pageant was held here. It has since moved to Las Vegas and instead of holding it in September, it was held in January.
There is a whole weekend of pageant activities that take place along the boardwalk. Yesterday was the annual "Show us your shoes parade".  The parade is a full fledge parade that includes floats, and of course all of the Miss America Contestants!  Last year it was hosted by Chris Harrison ( The Bachelor) and Lara Spenser ( Good Morning America).
I hope we can make it to the Parade next time we visit Atlantic City for the Pageant!
The Miss America Pageant  will be broadcast lived tonight, starting at 8:00 pm Eastern time.
Will you be watching the Pageant?  Have you ever seen a live production of a TV Show?


  1. I would love to go to a pageant. We don't really have them here in the UK, but I think it would be fun to see.

  2. I think it would be so cool to go watch a pageant! I loved watching them on TV when I was younger :)

  3. I was in the audience of The View twice last year. It was my favorite show so it was a dream come true to actually go. It's neat to see how it looks different in person. The thing that surprised me the most about The View studio was how small it was. It looks a lot bigger on TV.

  4. My sister and I once got to sit in the audience for the Tony Awards in NYC and it was such a cool experience. Glad you had fun!

  5. I bet it is so much fun to be there in person. We watched it on tv last night.

  6. It's interesting that it looks so different in person than on tv! I've never been to ta taping of any type of tv show so that's interesting to hear.

  7. I think it would be pretty cool to watch a pageant in person. I didn't watch takes the top spot until Once Upon a Time is back on Sunday nights lol! :0)

  8. How cool! And I love that the parade is called "show us your shoes!"

  9. I'm not a big fan of the pageant, so I don't think I've watched it since I was a kid!

  10. I think it would be awesome to attend a function such as this - sounds like so much fun.

  11. That sounds much better then watching it on All the festivities before and after make it even more fun! I'd love to see the shoes...


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