Miss Alabama Deidre Downs is crowned Miss America 2005 in Boardwalk Hall on Saturday Sept. 18, 2004.

In June 2004, ABC and the Miss America Pageant announced the televised portion of the pageant would be reduced from three hours to two. In October, citing a steady ratings decline, ABC opted not to renew the latest of its seven one-year contracts. The move left the pageant without a network and gave the Miss America organization serious financial and prestige problems.

Click here for a gallery of photos from 2004's Boardwalk parade