FLINT – Christmas may be right around the corner, but the local Irish are already looking ahead to March.
The 2020 Flint St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal, Tony Vance, has announced that applications are being accepted for the 2020 Miss Hibernia Pageant with $3,000 in cash scholarships being awarded to Miss Hibernia and her court.
The Miss Hibernia Pageant, which has been a tradition in Genesee County for the past 36 years, is sponsored by the Grand Marshals of the Flint St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations. The pageant is a highlight of the events leading up to the grand day in March and will select the Queen and her Court who will join the Grand Marshal in hosting the official St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Flint on March 17.
The pageant is a two-step process with contestants first participating in a screening interview on Jan. 26 at Brickstreet in Grand Blanc and then preparing and delivering an essay at the pageant on Feb. 8.
The pageant will take place at the Dom Polski Hall on Linden Rd. in Mt. Morris Township near Flushing. Immediately following the pageant contest, the newly selected 2020 Miss Hibernia and her court will be announced and introduced at the annual Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Party which is a fundraiser for the Miss Hibernia college scholarships and other activities promoting Irish culture and Christian Charity through the year.
The chosen Miss Hibernia will receive a $1,500 cash scholarship, the First Runner-Up will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship and the Second Runner-Up will receive a $500 cash scholarship. Along with Grand Marshal Matthew Kenny, Miss Hibernia and her court will preside over various events on St. Patrick’s Day including the annual Catholic Mass celebrated by Diocese of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea and the official Flint St. Patrick’s Day Party at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church Activity Center in downtown Flint.
The pageant is open to any young lady from Genesee County with Irish ancestry between the ages of 16- 22. The deadline to apply is Jan. 20 and the application and more details may be found online at www.FlintStPatricksDay.com or by calling 810-730-4446.