Photos: Atlantic City welcomes Miss America contestants

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Miss America contestants appauld as they wait to be introduced after arriving in Atlantic City, N.J. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The Miss America pageant is back in the city where it began, six years after spurning the city for Las Vegas. The pageant held a welcoming ceremony Tuesday for the 53 contestants, one from each state plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin n 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. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)