Miss USA on the red carpet
BATON ROUGE - Celebrities and contestants were out on the red carpet Sunday in the hours leading up to the Miss USA pageant.
Donald Trump, former NSYNC member Lance Bass, and some of the contestants stood for photo ops and interviews.
Mayor Kip Holden says tonight's event puts Baton Rouge in the spotlight.
"Tonight has been overwhelming. In 2005 we had Miss Teen USA, but having this program tonight seen practically all over the world ... this now showcases Baton Rouge in a light it has never been showcased before. But at the same time, we hope it inspires young ladies," said Holden.
Donald Trump says it takes more than just beauty to finish the night with the crown.
"They really have to have heart and soul and they have to be smart. And without the other two, the beauty is obvious, without that heart and without that brain power, it will never work," said Trump.
The competition starts at 7 p.m.