Miss New York Starts New Tradition at South Beach ... NYC

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

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Miss New York Starts New Tradition at South Beach ... NYC

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM EDT

New York (WKBW release) -- Miss New York's victory celebration took her to an unusual location Sunday morning.

Kaitlin Monte began a new tradition by visiting fashionable South Beach – not in Miami, but in Staten Island, N.Y. -- on the morning following her pageant victory.

Monte received her crown on Saturday during the 71-year-old pageant’s first New York City production in history. Previously, the pageant had been a fixture in the upstate towns of Olean and Watertown, prior to running in Long Island and Albany.

The pageant was held June 17-19 at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island. The Miss New York Organization, official operator of the Miss America Pageant’s New York state preliminary, has chosen the historic Island theater as the new, permanent venue of the yearly event.