Monday, October 14, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – At Saturday night's Andouille Pageant the 2012 Andouille Queens crowned Elise Deaton as the 2013 Miss Andouille Queen and Jade Brady as the 2013 Teen Andouille Queen.
Elise is the 22-year-old daughter of Gerald and Marie Deaton of LaPlace. She is a 2009 graduate of Riverside Academy and is currently pursuing a career at Alzea Title, LLC. Elise competed against four other young ladies to capture the 2013 title. The competition for each division consisted of an interview and on-stage promenade as well as an onstage question. “I was just here to have fun,” said Deaton of the pageant. “To win is extremely fantastic. Representing my parish will be an opportunity of a lifetime,” she added.
Elise’s year will include representing St. John the Baptist Parish at a variety of parish and state functions, including the St. John Andouille Festival, scheduled for next weekend October 18-20. She will represent the Andouille Festival at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant held in Baton Rouge early next year. The newly crowned Miss Andouille will also have the privilege of traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the Washington Mardi Gras Ball as well as tour historical sites such as Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Miss Andouille will also visit with their U.S. Representatives and Senators, the Governor of Louisiana, and many elected officials and representatives of Louisiana.
Jade is the thirteen-year-old daughter of Jamie and Shantele Brady of LaPlace and currently attends St. Charles Catholic High School. As being chosen the winner she said she is “speechless. I didn’t think I’d be in this position. I am excited, and I look forward to the Andouille Festival next weekend.” Jade plans to attend Louisiana State University in the future to be a pediatrician. Both queens are invited to various Parish and community events as Ambassadors for St. John the Baptist Parish.
Other winners of the pageants included:
People’s Choice: Abbie Duhe
Photogenic: Jade Brady
Interview Fashion: Jade Brady
Evening Gown Fashion: Jade Brady
Miss Congeniality: Abbie Duhe
3rd Runner Up: Haley Walker
2nd Runner Up: Abbie Duhe
1st Runner Up: Cobi Smith
People’s Choice: Jema Harrilal
Photogenic: Elise Deaton
Interview Fashion: Shelby Clement
Evening Gown Fashion: Amber McCleary
Miss Congeniality: Elise Deaton & Amber McCleary
4th Runner Up: Baylee Bennett
3rd Runner Up: Jema Harrilal
2nd Runner Up: Shelby Clement
1st Runner Up: Amber McCleary
Saturday’s event offered more to attendees than just the pageant competition. The evening ,themed “The Great Andouille,” paid homage to the classic novel “The Great Gatsby” and the majestic period known as the roaring twenties through a series of performances. Laplace resident, Ashtin Fortner brought class to the theatre with a charming rendition of the Ella Fitzgerald award-winning song “Night and Day.” The St. Charles High School Star Steppers treated the audience with a dance to 1975 Broadway Musical “Chicago”, set in the prohibition-era of 1926. Former St. John Andouille Teen Queen Saige Brady performed a lyrical dance routine to “We Found Love” by Boyce Avenue.
On Sunday, October 20, the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants will be held at the St. John Community Center, 2900 Hwy 51 in LaPlace. The first pageant will start promptly at noon. The pageants are open to girls, ages 6 months to 12 years old and boys, ages 6 months to 3 years old. To register for the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants please download an application at andouillefestival.com and return the completed form and fees to Dana Milioto at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace or on the day of the pageant until one half hour before competition time.