Contestants ready for Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant

Meet the 2019 Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant contestants! On first row from left are Noelle Northern, Olivia Northern, Lailah Jones, Holli Holland, Tori Grigsby and Summer Carter. On second row are Elena Wilson, Avalynn Boutee, Carleigh Bush, Kensley Metoyer, Madilynn Northern, Alexandra Hubbard, Isabel Metoyer, Maliyah Tillman and Camila Metoyer. On third row are Peyton Helaire, Laila Northern, Skyla Mims and Macyn LaCour.

Contestants enjoyed a day full of pageant preparation and fun at the Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant Outing May 18 at the St. Augustine Catholic Church Hall.

This year’s pageant theme is “The Artist in Me,” which teaches the young girls to unleash their artistic side and express themselves through paint and dance. The 2015 Miss Louisiana Creole Belle Makenzie Gipson taught the girls a short and sweet dance routine to be performed on pageant day.

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Linda Conant and Lyn Christophe worked with the girls on posture, poise, and confidence and how to show their personalities through a fun and sassy walk. Sheila Murphy led the girls in a painting lesson where each contestant painted a fleur de lis. Theresa Morgan demonstrated how to prepare classic teacakes.

One of the many purposes of the outing is to introduce the contestants to one another in order for friendships to form over this process. Committee members hope that the girls come out of the entire experience with the confidence to take on any task. The Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant promotes Creole heritage and offers a healthy competition. It also provides socially enlightening skills that contestants can use throughout their lives.

Pageant day is Saturday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at the Natchitoches Events Center. To purchase tickets, contact pageant director Carla Roque Allen at (501) 960-4906 or email Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 2-12.