2019 Mardi Gras Queen contest looking for contestants

2019 Mardi Gras Queen contest looking for contestants

WOONSOCKET – The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts has begun its search for contestants to participate in the 2019 Mardi Gras Queen Contest with some changes in store.

Any female, 18 years of age or older or who will be 18 by Feb. 1, 2019 is eligible to participate. This is not a beauty pageant. The contestant who sells the most raffle, Coronation and Mardi Gras Celebration tickets attains the Queen’s crown. The second and third highest sellers receive the title of Princess.

Monetary prizes of $500, $250, $100 for the top three winners, plus 10 percent of all raffle ticket sales and gifts from local businesses will be awarded to all participants.

The Queen’s Coronation, where Queen and Princesses are announced, will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Savini’s Pomodoro Restaurant in Woonsocket from 6 to 8 p.m. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, dessert and coffee. Tickets for the event are $10. In addition to the Coronation, King Jace XXV will be unmasked during the evening’s celebration.

The King, Queen and their court will preside over the Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday evening, Feb. 23, 2019 at the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center in Woonsocket. Contestants are advised to enter the contest by Saturday, Nov. 17 to allow time to sell tickets before the events but will not be turned away if they join after this date.

The original Mardi Gras celebration originated in 1954 when a four-day event drew crowds up to 150,000 people at the height of its popularity but it ended in 1961 after interest had waned over the years.

In 1995, NRICA renewed the celebration and continues today. Proceeds from the ticket sales help to offset the cost of the annual Mardi Gras celebration.

Contact Nicole Riendeau, at 401-644-7606 or nmrien@gmail.com for more information on becoming a contestant.