Crow­ning glo­ry for pa­rade queen

Space still avai­lable for par­ti­ci­pants and floats

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

ASaint-pa­trick's Day pa­rade would not be complete wi­thout a queen and Queen Mum, and or­ga­ni­zers for the third an­nual event, ta­king place next wee­kend in Hud­son, an­noun­ced both - along with the pa­rade court - Sun­day night du­ring a fes­tive ce­re­mo­ny at the Willow Place Inn.

Jea­nette Row­land of Hud­son was na­med as the pa­rade's Queen Mum du­ring the event, while Caroline Guy of Saint-la­zare was crow­ned the queen of the pa­rade for the March 10 event that will tra­vel down Hud­son's Main road.

Th­ree other young la­dies, Chan­tal Lebel, Kait­lyn Mckeown and Me­gan Tru­del, each from Hud­son, will serve as pa­rade prin­cesses along­side Guy. Sun­day's crow­ning of the queen in­clu­ded a ques­tion and ans­wer per­iod where the four conten­ders ans­we­red a set of four pre­de­ter­mi­ned ques­tions that were then vo­ted on by a pa­nel of judges.

Jim Beau­champ, ow­ner of Cun­nin­gham's Pubs in Hud­son and Sain­teAnne-de-bel­le­vue, who star­ted the Hud­son pa­rade th­ree years ago with a small but de­ter­mi­ned group of people, said it was a fun event.

"We wan­ted to keep it light and not get too se­rious (with the ques­tions)," he ex­plai­ned. The que­ries po­sed to the conten­ders dealt with com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice, sources of ins­pi­ra­tion for each can­di­date and why each wo­man wan­ted to re­present Hud­son in the pa­rade. The contes­tants were al­so as­ked about their Irish he­ri­tage.

In bet­ween, a crowd of close to 100 spec­ta­tors was trea­ted to an Irish dance show.

In ad­di­tion to being crow­ned pa­rade queen, Guy won a $100 gift cer­ti­fi­cate to Cun­nin­gham's Pub and a night at the Willow Inn that will be fol­lo­wed by the Willow's si­gna­ture Sun­day brunch. The queen and her court will al­so have their hair and ma­keup done on the day of the pa­rade by staff at Ca­role St-pierre Sa­lon & Spa in Hud­son, while each of the four par­ti­ci­pants was ad­di­tio­nal­ly gi­ven a goo­dy bag Sun­day from Trin­kets Bou­tique in Hud­son.

Meanw­hile, Beau­champ says there is still space in the pa­rade for any groups that would like to par­ti­ci­pate.

"We have 42 groups re­gis­te­red now but we'd love to get a few more to walk in the pa­rade or en­ter floats," he said. The dead­line to re­gis­ter is March 5. All in­ter­es­ted groups or in­di­vi­duals can contact pa­rade or­ga­ni­zers by email at hud­son­pa­rade@ville.hud­, or call Beau­champ at 514 691-2721, or Mike Klai­man from the Hud­son Re­crea­tion Department at 450 458-6699.

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