The Miss USA contestants will have a jam-packed schedule over the next two weeks until the pageant on Sunday, July 12. They will be all around Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, and their activities range from time at BREC parks to eating at some of Baton Rouge’s most celebrated restaurants, from City Pork to Ruffino’s.
Amid the pool parties and ceremonies, the women will be in constant preparation mode for the upcoming competitions.
All of the women will compete for a spot in the top 15 during a preliminary competition on Wednesday, July 8, at the River Center.
None of them will find out who made it to the top 15 until the pageant itself. Last year’s Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, was one last few standing, and she finished the pageant third runner-up.
The pageant was scheduled to air at 7 p.m. July 12 on NBC, but the network on Monday backed off airing the event. The network joined Spanish-language channel Univision, which announced last week that it was dropping coverage of Miss USA because of comments Miss Universe Organization owner Donald Trump made about Mexican immigrants.
Here’s a schedule of what the Miss USA contestants will be up to for the next couple of weeks.
Wednesday, July 1: Rock climbing and bike riding at the Perkins Road Community park
Thursday, July 2: Welcome reception at the Old State Capitol
Friday, July 3: Swamp tour on the Atchafalaya River, horseback riding at Farr Park Equestrian Center, Best Buddies celebration at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel
Saturday, July 4: Passing of the flag ceremony along Mississippi River, trip to Liberty Lagoon Water Park, July 4 Spectacular on USS Kidd
Sunday, July 5: Louisiana seafood celebration at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Wednesday, July 8: Preliminary competition at River Center
Friday, July 10: Reveal of new Miss USA crown at River Center
Sunday, July 12: Miss USA red carpet and pageant at River Center.