Eastleigh seeks it’s first Mardi Gras Queen


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Eastleigh’s traditional August carnival will not be going ahead this year but a replacement community event has already risen from the ashes and the hunt is on for Eastleigh’s first Mardi Gras Queen.

New sponsors have been found and a ‘Mardi Gras’ style parade is being planned – with activities on the development threatened recreation ground – to take place 15 and 16 September.

The ‘Jubilee Mardi Gras’ has been given a Diamond Jubilee theme and organisers are inviting woman who were born in 1952,the year of the Queen’s Coronation,  to be crowned as Eastleigh Mardi Gras sovereign.

She will be accompanied in her Royal duties by two princesses aged 18 – 23.

Competitions are to be held to choose the Queen which will take place at the Point on June 30 at (start 4pm) while the Princesses will be selected later the same day at the Litten Tree (8pm).

Forms for the competition can be obtained from the Litten Tree, My Style at Wells Place and Argos.

All proceeds raised from the festivities will go to support the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air ambulance.

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  11 comments for “Eastleigh seeks it’s first Mardi Gras Queen

  1. The Black Balaclava
    May 26, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    So in the true style and spirit of Mardi Gras, will women be encouraged to flash their boobs in return for cheap beed necklaces. O I do hope so..

  2. Chris Thomas
    May 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Errrr

    Its the other way round, the Queen competition will be at 4 at the Point Atrium and the Princesses will be at 8 in the Litten Tree.

    AND MATTHEW, ITS A FAMILY EVENT

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

      Thank you! Corrected 🙂

  3. The Black Balaclava
    May 27, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Errrr

    Its the other way round, the Queen competition will be at 4 at the Point Atrium and the Princesses will be at 8 in the Litten Tree.

    AND MATTHEW, ITS A FAMILY EVENT

    Then change the dam name. What a stupid idea to call it a Mardi Gras when that type of event is associated with activities that are totally not family oriented.

  4. Stephen Slominski
    May 27, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Well, perhaps there should be two parades?
    First a family one for the Kiddies and then a later, ‘night time economy’ flavoured one for adults only 😉 – that should bring in the punters!

    I’m sure there used to be a separate ‘kids Carnival’.

  5. May 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I’m all in favour of community events, but doesn’t it seem strange to celebrate Shrove Tuesday in September?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras

    Or is it just to wind up the UKIPs?

  6. Stuart Jebbitt
    May 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Credit where it’s due – well done to Cllr Thomas for helping to get this new event off the ground. I think the name change is to make it sound more exciting and more appealing to younger people. also, pleased that the point is playing a role – they ought to be more pro-active in community arts with local residents, if they are getting funding from us. Let’s get behind this and make it a success.

  7. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 27, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Next year, if we’re sticking with walking parades as opposed to floats, maybe we can have a ‘Zombie’ themed one?
    Very popular at the moment – could attract participants from a a very wide area!

    • Stuart Jebbitt
      May 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Like it. I heard they tried this in Basingstoke but didn’t really work as they couldn’t tell who was meant to be a Zombie 😉

  8. pianoman
    May 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hopefully no boob flashing, especially from the ladies who were born in 1952! Undignified to say the least!

  9. C Cromwell
    May 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    How does ‘Mardi Gras’ fit into the Jubilee theme? If you are going to celebrate 60 years of English royalty (!) – get a bloody axe and block and publicly execute a few councillors. Guarantee that will draw the crowds and keep ancient tradition upheld.

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