Preliminary rounds begin at Miss America Pageant

 In this 2013 file photo, Miss District of Columbia Bindhu Pamarthi  displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

In this 2013 file photo, Miss District of Columbia Bindhu Pamarthi displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)

It’s shoes first, competition later as the preliminary rounds are set to get underway at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City.

 

The 53 contestants on Tuesday will display the shoes that they’ll wear at Saturday’s “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on the Boardwalk. The shoes have more to do with their states than fashion.

Preliminary rounds start Tuesday with the women vying for talent and swimsuit awards that will help them as they seek the Miss America crown on Sunday.

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