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Atlantic City welcomes Miss America contestants
The Miss America pageant hold a welcoming ceremony in the Atlantic City for the 53 contestants, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The contestants filed out of Boardwalk Hall, where the competition will begin next week and culminate days later, and walked across the Boardwalk to a stage.
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