FLINT — The 2019 Flint St. Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal, Matthew Kenny, has announced applications are being accepted for the 2019 Miss Hibernia Pageant with $3,000 in cash scholarship prize money being awarded to the Queen and her court.
The Miss Hibernia Pageant, which has been a tradition in Genesee County for more than 35 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. 20 and then preparing and delivering an essay at the actual pageant on Feb. 9. The pageant on Feb. 9 will take place at the Dom Polski Hall on Linden Road in Mt. Morris Township near Flushing.
Immediately following the pageant contest, the 2019 Miss Hibernia Queen 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 with Irish ancestry from Genesee County ages 16-22. Details may be found online at FlintStPatricksDay.com or by calling 810-730-4446. — G.G.