Search is on for St. Pad­dy’s Pa­rade Queen

Dead­line loo­ming

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The search for a new Queen of the Irish is on, and or­ga­ni­zers of Hudson’s 5th an­nual St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade say ap­pli­cants have un­til Feb. 24 to sub­mit their names for consi­de­ra­tion for queen of the pa­rade, or to be part of the royal court.

The pa­rade com­mit­tee of­fi­cial­ly ope­ned the se­lec­tion of the Queen this week. The job, which pro­mises to be filled with fun and ce­le­bra­tion, is open to wo­men from the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes re­gion who are bet­ween the ages of 18 and 30-years-old. Ap­pli­cants should be of some Irish des­cent.

Judges say they are loo­king for a queen who is confi­dent, com­for­table with pu­blic spea­king, one who is in­vol­ved in the com­mu­ni­ty and so­meone who can en­gage people.

Can­di­dates will be as­ked to ans­wer one or two ques­tions, which will be pro­vi­ded be­fo­re­hand, on the se­lec­tion night, ta­king place at 6 p.m on March 2, at Au­berge Willow Place Inn, si­tua­ted at 208, rue Main, in Hudson.

Royal du­ties

Pos­sible queens must be willing to par­ti­ci­pate in pa­rade re­la­ted events during the month of March, in­clu­ding the Hudson pa­rade, ta­king place on March 15. The queen will al­so par­ti­ci­pate in the Mon­treal St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade, being held the day af­ter the Hudson event, on March 16.

But those rea­dy to ap­ply for more than one queen­ly job in the re­gion must make a choice, as pa­rade exe­cu­tives say the queen and her court can not ac­cept si­mi­lar positions in the Vau­dreuil-Sou­langes MRC in 2014.

Up next will be the se­lec­tion of the Irish­man of the Year. It is not clear if a si­mi­lar pu­blic se­lec­tion pro­cesses and ques­tion per­iod will be sta­ged for the se­lec­tion of the Irish­man of the Year. It was an­noun­ced ear­lier this month that Mon­treal co­me­dian Joey Elias will pre­side over the pa­rade as Grand Mar­shall. And ti­ckets, $55, to a Grand Mar­shall Co­me­dy Roast, which is open to guests 18-years and up and which will in­clude an Ita­lian buf­fet and the co­me­dy roast, are sel­ling now. The din­ner and co­me­dy roast will take place on Fri­day, Fe­brua­ry 21 at the Whit­lock Golf and Coun­try Club, lo­ca­ted at 128, côte Saint-Charles, in Hudson. The eve­ning will be hos­ted by DJ McCar­they. To re­serve, call 514 457-0080, or 450 458-2122.

Meanw­hile, groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions wan­ting to par­ti­ci­pate in the March 15 pa­rade can re­gis­ter by com­ple­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion form at the pa­rade’s Web­site. To ap­ply for the pa­rade queen or court, or for Irish­man of the Year, go to:www.hudson pa­


The 2013 queen, Mea­ghan Sher­riffs, and her court from last year’s Hudson St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade.

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