Crowning glory for parade queen
Space still available for participants and floats
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 email@example.com, or call Beauchamp at 514 691-2721, or Mike Klaiman from the Hudson Recreation Department at 450 458-6699.