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Miss Louisiana Pageant kicks off in Monroe

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Contestants say they are ready to vie for the crown of Miss Louisiana 2013.

The News-Star reports the 36 contestants were introduced Monday at a news conference at the Monroe Civic Center.

Jessica Gilbert, Miss Spirit of Ruston, said she was ready and excited for the competition to begin.

Lauren Ford, Miss Monroe, said she was also excited about the pageant, celebrating its 50th year in Monroe.

Miss Louisiana 2012 Lauren Vizza said she will be enjoying a more relaxed pageant week this year as she prepares to hand over the coveted crown to the next Miss Louisiana titleholder.

Vizza said she will be available throughout the week for the contestants if they need any emotional support or advice.

The new Miss Louisiana will be crowned Saturday night.

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