The 2016 Miss America hopefuls meet the public on the Atlantic City Boardwalk

download (26) Fifty-two young women vying to be the next Miss America have done their initial pageant waves on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The contestants are from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. They were introduced to the public Tuesday evening in the traditional Boardwalk welcoming ceremony.