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   Undertoad  Thursday May 25 04:08 PM

5/25/2006: Shrimp and Petroleum Queen



Axlrosen locates this Queen of the Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival, and 2005 Queen Abby Bruas features this unbelievably lovely gown to mark the honor.

Wait, Shrimp and Petroleum Festival? Doesn't sound like two great tastes that would taste great together...

IotD always features weird festivals from around the world, but it turns out that Louisiana is actually the Weird Festival center of the world. And what's more, they have Queens of all of them. The Gueydan Duck Festival Queen, the Louisiana Swine Festival Queen, Porte Barre Lion's Club Cracklin Festival Queen, Miss Nanitoches Meat Pie Festival Queen, Woodmen of the World Sausage Festival Queen. It's almost like people in LA can't hold a conference meeting without picking out which young gal is the prettiest. There appears to be no irony in it and Louisiana seems to have no shortage of young good-lookin' women who are willing to compete for and be tagged with such insane titles.

I suppose there's something wrong with this, but I'm not sure exactly what. It makes me vaguely uncomfortable.



BigV  Thursday May 25 04:14 PM

The young ladies in comptetion get a chance to display their comportment, get dressed up, be crowned, be addressed as "queen" or "princess". My sister participated in some of these when we were younger. She had a good experience with it, and won a couple, too. There was essay writing, interviews (none on the casting couch, though (I hope)), and for one, she got a $500 scholarship.

It works out for the sponsor too. Lots of chatter and buzz about the festival queen, and look how pretty, etc, etc. Mindshare, y'know.

The train is over the top, but at least it's better than an image of an oil spill.



axlrosen  Thursday May 25 04:23 PM

The festival's web site is equally cheezy. Click if you want to see how not to build a web site. (On the other hand, who knows? Maybe this is exactly the kind of web site that Louisianans would love?)

http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/ (turn on sound for full effect)



dar512  Thursday May 25 05:11 PM

Obligatory Louisiana joke:

Louisiana has its own version of the see and say (you remember the kids toy - you pull the string and it points to an animal and then says the name). In the Louisiana version it doesn't matter which animal it points to. The recording always says, "Them's good eatin'".



Trilby  Thursday May 25 06:07 PM

Must...Have...That...Gown...



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday May 25 06:27 PM

The 2005 - 2006 Washington Parish Watermelon Festival Queen.......is Asian?



milkfish  Thursday May 25 09:53 PM

Is the border on that train made of blue tarp material?



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday May 25 10:35 PM

Hell, you sure ain't seen many blue tarps. There's no mistaking the color of those things.



wolf  Thursday May 25 10:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
The 2005 - 2006 Washington Parish Watermelon Festival Queen.......is Asian?
It's the New South™


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday May 25 10:57 PM

Oh, you're just showing off your little tm thingy.



axlrosen  Thursday May 25 11:07 PM

Wow - I've been too distracted by the gown to notice the mural she's standing in front of. Is that... a giant shrimp, climbing an oil derrick? Possibly being shot at by helicopters??



wolf  Thursday May 25 11:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Oh, you're just showing off your little tm thingy.
It's hell to use now ... the latest vB upgrade took away our ability to enter ALT+ codes for some reason. I actually have to open up Character Map, find it, Copy it and Paste it in.

PITA. :p


wolf  Thursday May 25 11:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen
Wow - I've been too distracted by the gown to notice the mural she's standing in front of. Is that... a giant shrimp, climbing an oil derrick? Possibly being shot at by helicopters??

Oooh! I love it's little hardhat!

Won't that be a hell of a thing to have found by future archeologists.


Scopulus Argentarius  Friday May 26 12:47 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512
Obligatory Louisiana joke:

Louisiana has its own version of the see and say (you remember the kids toy - you pull the string and it points to an animal and then says the name). In the Louisiana version it doesn't matter which animal it points to. The recording always says, "Them's good eatin'".

I was at the zoo last week. Same animals, different recipes.


Ibby  Friday May 26 12:47 AM

Holy fuck that's weird

EDIT: Shrimpzilla, that is.



Scopulus Argentarius  Friday May 26 01:24 AM

Seriously,

I'm glad someone pointed out something from Louisiana that wasn't about its armpit: New Orleans.

The festivals, primarily in the rural areas of South Louisiana, are an excuse for the hard working locals to get together and have some fun - usually poking fun at themselves and traditions and anything/everything. They're very family oriented.

Other festivals include(d) the beloved Shemp Festival (no longer I think). ... Shemp, as in one of the three stooges. ...and the Washington Parish Free Fair (costs nothing to attend) ... and the Ponchatoula Strawberry festival ... The Jamalaya Festival in Gonzales (south of Baton Rouge) ... other interesting things are the Highland Games just north of Baton Rouge, the Renaissance festival, and Octoberfest... and we have music festivals (not counting New Orleans stuff) such as Fest-For-All.

...and the locals know how to make some of the best food (animal jokes aside) you'll ever have!



glatt  Friday May 26 08:43 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
Won't that be a hell of a thing to have found by future archeologists.
That thought really tickled me for some reason. They will think we are a shrimp god worshipping society.


Trilby  Friday May 26 11:18 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
They will think we are a shrimp god worshipping society.
You...you mean we aren't?





xoxoxoBruce  Saturday May 27 12:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scopulus Argentarius
Seriously,

I'm glad someone pointed out something from Louisiana that wasn't about its armpit: New Orleans. SNIP~ yada, yada, yada ~SNIP
...and the locals know how to make some of the best food (animal jokes aside) you'll ever have!
And anvil shoots, too.


footfootfoot  Saturday May 27 09:14 PM

She's simply awesome
chorus:
Petroleum queen
now we're sharing the same dream
and our hearts they beat as one
no more shrimp on the run



busterb  Sunday May 28 10:50 AM

Hey OXB, don't be moving our shit to the west.
"And anvil shoots, too."



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 28 11:44 AM

You mean that's an Ol Miss exclusive?



MaggieL  Sunday May 28 08:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen
Possibly being shot at by helicopters??
Most helos over the Gulf are shuttling to/from oil platforms.


capnhowdy  Monday May 29 09:31 PM

I was thinking fried shrimp when I saw the thread title.



missbhf08  Saturday May 24 10:22 PM

Well actually everyone on here is wrong.
I wanna know exactly how many of you actually reside in Louisiana.
Not every festival has a queen. There are hundreds of festival but only about 100 queens. I happen to be one of them. And not just rural areas have them. They are located in every large city in the state. There is actually only about 2 in New Orleans anyway. And a festival is the celebration of a commodaty in that specific place. If you're town has a festival it shows that you are proud of it. And as goes for the queens, it is not easy being one. I think that we should all be applauded for all that we have to go through. We deserve respect, and not just from people in our own state.



missbhf08  Saturday May 24 10:24 PM

and we are not picked on beauty, but intellegence



lumberjim  Saturday May 24 10:37 PM

oh, obviously.

what does bhf stand for?

let's all guess, shall we?



Cloud  Saturday May 24 10:39 PM

All together now:

"It's Not Easy Being Queen"



Cloud  Saturday May 24 10:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen View Post
Wow - I've been too distracted by the gown to notice the mural she's standing in front of. Is that... a giant shrimp, climbing an oil derrick? Possibly being shot at by helicopters??
King Prawn! Starring The Queen as Faye Wray!


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday May 24 11:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
and we are not picked on beauty, but intellegence
Welcome to the Cellar, missbhf08.

We're all friends here, so you don't have to scold us to correct misinformation or add additional information.
I can see where the bhf, at Lake Charles, may put more emphasis on knowledge than bust size, as it's not the typical beauty pageant.

From what I've seen of beauty pageants around the country, the winners range from PHD candidates to dumb as box of rocks, but they are always attractive.


Undertoad  Sunday May 25 12:35 AM

That's some good detective work xoB. I worked out that the only festival with BHF is Black Heritage Festival...

Is this you Miss BHF? If so, the smile is very cool, the crown is totally awesome. I take back whatever I originally said, I must have been grumpy and particularly sarcastic that day.



Sundae  Sunday May 25 07:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
The Gueydan Duck Festival Queen, the Louisiana Swine Festival Queen, Porte Barre Lion's Club Cracklin Festival Queen, Miss Nanitoches Meat Pie Festival Queen, Woodmen of the World Sausage Festival Queen. It's almost like people in LA can't hold a conference meeting without picking out which young gal is the prettiest.
I missed this thread first time around...

Bwahahahahaha... have bolded my favourite festival. Because after all, the woodsmen live out in the woods for months. And boy when they get back to civilisation there are two things they are craving. Sausage... and queens!

Welcome Miss BHF. Even if you did just call everyone on a whole forum wrong. If you were picked for your brains then you've been doubly blessed and good luck to you.


Trilby  Sunday May 25 09:27 AM

If she is BHF queen, lemme just tell her: hello, welcome and that is one popish crown ya gots on there.



BrianR  Sunday May 25 10:36 AM

Um, did anyone notice that this thread is two years old?

I get confused easily enough without resurrecting old threads and making me think they're new and I missed them.



Cloud  Sunday May 25 10:46 AM

don't fuss--we got a new member from it. Short-term, probably, tho.

And no, I didn't notice. That means they have a new queen! And why shouldn't Louisianans celebrate what they can, especially after Katrina?



SteveDallas  Sunday May 25 12:04 PM

It's good to be the queen.[/Mel Brooks]

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
From what I've seen of beauty pageants around the country, the winners range from PHD candidates to dumb as box of rocks . . . .
Based on my experience, the two are not mutually exclusive.


Sundae  Sunday May 25 01:48 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BrianR View Post
Um, did anyone notice that this thread is two years old?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
I missed this thread first time around...
Aye
I guess Miss BHF was searching under Louisiana Festival Queens, given she has a vested interest, and up popped this old thread, which she felt was worth a response.

Me, I like some expert feedback.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday May 25 02:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SteveDallas View Post
Based on my experience, the two are not mutually exclusive.
You're bad.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Me, I like some expert feedback.
Me too. One of the coolest things, which happens more often in IOtD, is when a person that took the picture, or was involved in the incident, shows up to give us the inside dope. Like the guy that took the picture of the cow's tongue, or the military fireman in the hangar foam thread.


Undertoad  Sunday May 25 04:38 PM

That cow's tongue still turns up.



Cloud  Sunday May 25 04:39 PM

(trying to find the cow in the picture. so I'm slow. bite me.)



missbhf08  Sunday May 25 05:21 PM

Actually that's not me. It's the girl who crowned me. And there was no anger in what I said, I just didn't want anyone to be misinformed for what said. Yes, I did think that Shrimp and Petroleum is a really odd combination, but you'd have to go to Morgan City, LA to really understand.



Cloud  Sunday May 25 05:27 PM

do we have to?

stick around, miss big hair fan! you might be pleasantly surprised at what goes on here.

then again . . . you might not.




Sundae  Sunday May 25 07:05 PM

Please stick around!
We will value your intelligence and especially a different take on things. There are some LA posters from what I can remember, but we're a fluid community here - people post when it interests them.

I was going to say we will value your brains, but given the trend of providing recipes for the Image of the Day, I don't want you to think we're zombies!

Seriously - respect for sticking up for something you are involved in that might not get respect elsewhere.



SteveDallas  Sunday May 25 08:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
You're bad.
It wasn't a joke. Dumbness is in no way a disqualification for the PhD. In fact I've known some who'd make you question whether it was "dumb as" a box of rocks, or "dumber than."


richlevy  Sunday May 25 09:03 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by axlrosen View Post
The festival's web site is equally cheezy. Click if you want to see how not to build a web site. (On the other hand, who knows? Maybe this is exactly the kind of web site that Louisianans would love?)

http://www.shrimp-petrofest.org/ (turn on sound for full effect)
Did you notice that the festival king is some 60+ year old guy and the queen is a nubile barely legal young lady?

And up until that moment, I'll bet the thought $100 a barrel oil was a good as it gets.


missbhf08  Monday May 26 12:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
don't fuss--we got a new member from it. Short-term, probably, tho.

And no, I didn't notice. That means they have a new queen! And why shouldn't Louisianans celebrate what they can, especially after Katrina?
Katrina did a lot of damage, but it's not like it has completely ruined Louisiana. It didn't exactly happen yesterday, so we have plenty to celebrate. Has anyone other than me been to any part of LA since the hurricanes??


Cloud  Monday May 26 12:34 AM

I mentioned Katrina, because the original post was shortly after.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday May 26 02:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
Katrina did a lot of damage, but it's not like it has completely ruined Louisiana. It didn't exactly happen yesterday, so we have plenty to celebrate. Has anyone other than me been to any part of LA since the hurricanes??
Yes, as a matter of fact. We have several members that live there. Scopulus Argentarius is one of them.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scopulus Argentarius View Post
The festivals, primarily in the rural areas of South Louisiana, are an excuse for the hard working locals to get together and have some fun - usually poking fun at themselves and traditions and anything/everything. They're very family oriented.
I know people that lost their home.
BigV traveled down there from Washington state to help with the clean up as did my boss from PA.
BusterB lost his roof in MS and was over in LA a week or so ago.
LA is not in Africa or Mongolia, we know what's going on there.

I also know that the folks down there, generally, have a great sense of humor, and laugh at themselves, as hard as anything. You should chill out and try it.


BrianR  Monday May 26 11:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
Katrina did a lot of damage, but it's not like it has completely ruined Louisiana. It didn't exactly happen yesterday, so we have plenty to celebrate. Has anyone other than me been to any part of LA since the hurricanes??
Me. I brought relief supplies in after. Been there several times since. Most recently, Pineville. We have a major customer there and I tend to hit one of those loads every three months or so.

Brian


missbhf08  Monday May 26 02:47 PM

well i'm sorry if i'm coming off like i'm always upset. i'm actually a very happy person. it's just like when you mention you're from LA people automatically want to talk about New Orleans....happened to me when I went to DC.



Cicero  Monday May 26 03:11 PM

Miss/Mrs cellar 2008 seems to be cleared up though. The first place winner prematurely gave up the crown, so now that we have the real deal, I hope she will stay.

Miss bhf, when I mention my parents being effected by the hurricane people always mention New Orleans too...The eye hit them dead on in Mississippi.....

Pretty women on here like to talk about people liking them for their intelligence here, you will fit right in, but I am still not buying it. I've seen a lot of intelligent ugly women, and yea, they never seem to be that popular, and certainly don't get to wear the grand tiara. It doesn't even fit on their mis-shapen head when they temporarily go through the winners things, and try it on.......

lol! All the pretty women claim that life is not about appearances. Get ugly and dress down, maybe even like a hobo, and tell me what you think then.

I dressed like a hobo for a party designated for it, but went out in public before it, in full costume (totally convincing), and as I said hello to one of my friends that did not recognize me, they gave me the most terrible look I had ever seen on their face, and wouldn't even dignify my "hello" with a response.



Flint  Monday May 26 03:41 PM

so, miss b.f.e. isn't the "shrimping" and petroleum jelly queen? :



missbhf08  Monday May 26 06:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
Miss/Mrs cellar 2008 seems to be cleared up though. The first place winner prematurely gave up the crown, so now that we have the real deal, I hope she will stay.

Miss bhf, when I mention my parents being effected by the hurricane people always mention New Orleans too...The eye hit them dead on in Mississippi.....

Pretty women on here like to talk about people liking them for their intelligence here, you will fit right in, but I am still not buying it. I've seen a lot of intelligent ugly women, and yea, they never seem to be that popular, and certainly don't get to wear the grand tiara. It doesn't even fit on their mis-shapen head when they temporarily go through the winners things, and try it on.......

lol! All the pretty women claim that life is not about appearances. Get ugly and dress down, maybe even like a hobo, and tell me what you think then.

I dressed like a hobo for a party designated for it, but went out in public before it, in full costume (totally convincing), and as I said hello to one of my friends that did not recognize me, they gave me the most terrible look I had ever seen on their face, and wouldn't even dignify my "hello" with a response.
Ok cicero, let me put it this way: the people judging who wins do look for intelligence more than beauty, but that doesn't mean it counts. Sometimes the person who wins can be a dog. I don't really like to agree with people choosing beauty over brains, but it happens. That's life....

But it just happens that most girls who do win are beautiful and intelligent. We go around as visiting queens to other pageants. I mean, if you were part of one of our festivals and you had a dumb person representing you, wouldn't you kinda be dumbfounded?


Cicero  Monday May 26 07:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
I mean, if you were part of one of our festivals and you had a dumb person representing you, wouldn't you kinda be dumbfounded?
I usually do have many dumb people trying to represent me. And yes. I am "dumbfounded". Which makes for an awesome pun in that context!!

I need a "dumbfounded, and I vote" sticker.


Undertoad  Monday May 26 09:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
But it just happens that most girls who do win are beautiful and intelligent. We go around as visiting queens to other pageants. I mean, if you were part of one of our festivals and you had a dumb person representing you, wouldn't you kinda be dumbfounded?
That seems true. What I'd be most dumbfounded about, would be if the queen came in and handled herself in an undignified sort of way. You know, if she grabbed a handful of cake, screamed and yelled at the waiters, hocked a loogie before heading to the front table, jacked up the massive shrimp and petroleum skirt, etc.

I think if she acted downright stupid, I might assume that her particular contest was strictly a beauty contest, and that wouldn't reflect well on the contest.


monster  Monday May 26 11:09 PM

Thank goodness they're not picked based on aroma....



monster  Monday May 26 11:10 PM

Hey, missbhf, would you share a pic of your coronation with us, please?



missbhf08  Tuesday May 27 01:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
Hey, missbhf, would you share a pic of your coronation with us, please?
well i don't see anything wrong with that...so ok.
I can't really find a good picture with just me so I'll put one of all the queens who won with me that day. unfortunately I was looking down when someone took it.




Undertoad  Tuesday May 27 04:55 PM

Nice. I like how the little children are part of it. That one girl in pink couldn't beam any brighter if there were ten spotlights on her!



DanaC  Tuesday May 27 05:47 PM

Every fibre of my being rebels against that photograph and everything that it represents. That said: you look gorgeous missbhf! I actually think that you looking down makes you look even more stunning because it gives you gravitas and an aura of something deeper than a glittering smile.



Cloud  Tuesday May 27 05:52 PM

Lots of fun to dress up and be a positive part of the community. Thanks for sharing!



Cicero  Tuesday May 27 09:17 PM

How come there are so many queens? Can't you just win and them, you know, not?



monster  Tuesday May 27 10:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanaC View Post
Every fibre of my being rebels against that photograph and everything that it represents. That said: you look gorgeous missbhf! I actually think that you looking down makes you look even more stunning because it gives you gravitas and an aura of something deeper than a glittering smile.
It's funny. Mine would've too, way back when I lived in the UK. But this is so much more a way of life here. Not the pageants per se, but the dressing up. This was mine and beest's realization this weekend. Americans love to dress up in a way that Brits don't.

We went to a local outdoor "old fashioned village" museum here this weekend (Memorial Day Weekend) to see the civil war re-enactments (not just battles, but regular every day life too). The soldiers' costumes were good and must've cost them a pretty penny....and there were plenty of them.... but the real surprise was the number of entire families in period costume. Possibly about 40% of the people there. Way more than just the families of the re-enactors. They were lapping it up.

Winning a "beauty" pageant is cool and people get pissed off if they don't win, but not in a big way -they enjoyment they get from dressing up and takiung part is generally still bigger than the sense of defeat.

That's why Halloween is such a biggie here, why parades and pageants are so popular. For all Brits reading this... The Halloween scene in ET ...not fiction. Kids really do all dress up like that and swarm the streets, and the parents do too. In fact the ET scene is tame. really.


Cloud  Tuesday May 27 10:55 PM

I can't speak for an entire culture, but I looooove to dress up, too. In costume at any rate.

You thought the Halloween scene in ET was fiction? Well, it is, but . . .



missbhf08  Wednesday May 28 01:04 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
How come there are so many queens? Can't you just win and them, you know, not?
Well they have different divisions for different age groups (ex. little miss:6-8 years, teen miss:14-16). It's to have more people to represent, I guess...


Cloud  Wednesday May 28 01:27 AM

Very cool crown, indeed. And I would be proud to be titled Miss Black Heritage Festival, little miss, teen miss, or whatever. Is it helpful on your resume or college apps?



missbhf08  Wednesday May 28 09:23 AM

Actually it does. They consider it to be good leadership skills. Also we do many community service activities (Relay for life, nursing home visits, etc.)



dar512  Wednesday May 28 10:08 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
Actually it does. They consider it to be good leadership skills. Also we do many community service activities (Relay for life, nursing home visits, etc.)
missbhf - Your parents must be very proud of you; not just for winning miss BHF, but for being the kind of girl to earn the crown.

Work hard in college, be the best Miss BHF you can. I know you'll go far.


Cicero  Wednesday May 28 08:12 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
Well they have different divisions for different age groups (ex. little miss:6-8 years, teen miss:14-16). It's to have more people to represent, I guess...
I was kidding.

That photo tells the story pretty well, I think! Yea, I think it could possibly show a good community leadership role.

The same reaction does not happen when I show people my community service resume/volunteer hours, however. lol! This could get me fired let's not tal.....



busterb  Wednesday May 28 08:55 PM

Is it just me, how did this thread turn from a shrimp deal to a black heritage thing? I smell troll. Hey pump me up.
Now jump on me.



Imigo Jones  Wednesday May 28 11:14 PM

Dolls, . . .

. . . not trolls, busterb (sorry that's not a legit rhyme).
It seems like a totally legit discussion and encouragement for a fine young woman.



Shawntaye Thomas, Miss Black Heritage Festival 2007

Quote:
Originally Posted by missbhf08 View Post
Actually that's not me. It's the girl who crowned me.
The words on the crown are backwards so,
when you're sitting up there on top of the back seat of the royal convertible,
drivers can see your motorcade coming up behind them and pull over.


Cloud  Wednesday May 28 11:33 PM

ooh, look. the crown sparkles. that's cute. is that in our smileys?



HungLikeJesus  Wednesday May 28 11:40 PM

missbhf07 isn't going to be working for Radar anytime soon.



Imigo Jones  Wednesday May 28 11:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
ooh, look. the crown sparkles. that's cute. is that in our smileys?
Yes, it's deep in there, Cloud. When you see the , you still have a way to go.
She's right after the , but I thought our queen should get roses (the rose smiley coming from my Yahoo email).


classicman  Thursday May 29 12:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
missbhf07 isn't going to be working for Radar anytime soon.
HFS ROFLOL T GD F

lol lol lol ha ha ha ha ha


missbhf08  Thursday May 29 12:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Imigo Jones View Post
The words on the crown are backwards so,
when you're sitting up there on top of the back seat of the royal convertible,
drivers can see your motorcade coming up behind them and pull over.
I'm still trying to figure out why her crown is backwards. Someone really has trouble with all that HTML stuff.

Quote:
Originally Posted by busterb View Post
Is it just me, how did this thread turn from a shrimp deal to a black heritage thing? I smell troll. Hey pump me up.
Now jump on me.
Well actually I looked at this thread awhile ago and just never got around to replying....until not too long ago.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday May 29 01:01 AM

Buster's just jealous, 'cause he's from Mississippi.



Sundae  Thursday May 29 05:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by busterb View Post
Is it just me, how did this thread turn from a shrimp deal to a black heritage thing? I smell troll. Hey pump me up.
Now jump on me.
Quite right Buster. Thread drift is despicable and shouldn't be tolerated in IoTD.
Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
But this is so much more a way of life here. Not the pageants per se, but the dressing up. This was mine and beest's realization this weekend. Americans love to dress up in a way that Brits don't.
Shurely not? BTW sorry for your 2-0 defeat...


Imigo Jones  Thursday May 29 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Buster's just jealous, 'cause he's from Mississippi.
"Mississippi Queen"--an awesome Gulf Coast queen thing, Buster!
A radio sports show just now played 20-some seconds of the "Mississippi Queen" intro as bumper music coming back from a commercial break (but it wasn't the Mountain version ).
"I can name that tune in two cowbell strokes!"


Sundae  Thursday May 29 06:33 PM

should of had more cowbell...



monster  Thursday May 29 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Sundae Girl View Post
Quite right Buster. Thread drift is despicable and shouldn't be tolerated in IoTD.

Shurely not? BTW sorry for your 2-0 defeat...

I'm not sorry (and they didn't notice)


lumberjim  Friday May 30 12:01 AM

about ur finger?



Imigo Jones  Friday May 30 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
that is one popish crown ya gots on there.
"Popish"--haaa!

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Brianna, the pope seems a bit miffed that Amber Benoit, Miss Sulphur 2007, has a taller mitre than him! Her gown is as shiny as his, yet is tastefully understated. On the other hand, her sash is over the top, whereas he must have one in there somewhere, but it's so well blended into his ensemble that it's hard to tell.

The wrong headwear can make the humblest man or woman look too, too special, not unlike megalomaniac rulers who use special hats to project authority. Big, fancy hats make eye-catching props for more-garden-variety showbiz attention mongers, too, from Carmen Miranda to the creepy Slash and that guy in Jamiroquai. Stupid Elton.

The already towering Abraham Lincoln (almost 6'4", when the average American man was 5'6") may have been humble in significant ways, so what's up with the stovepipe hat? In October 1862 Lincoln went to post-battle Antietam to meet with the arrogant, procrastinating, and insubordinate Gen. George McClellan (average at 5'6"), commander of the Army of the Potomac and formerly general in chief of all U.S. armies (footnote: McClellan, who privately wrote that he should be acclaimed dictator, was the fragmented Democratic Party's candidate for president 2 years later, losing to Lincoln). Lincoln had to make clear who was commander in chief:



McClellan, sixth from left, and Lincoln at Antietam

In general, Lincoln wanted to be noticed, I suppose, but being readily recognized would also help him be more accessible to the people. The stovepipe hat furthermore had the practical function of being a handy place to keep letters and other papers, like a briefcase.

Back to the Vatican: For an amazing selection of ecclesiastical headwear and robes, starting with the simplest nun's habit, progressing through higher ranks and gaudier vestments and mitres, and culminating in pure, dazzling ostentation, check out this clip of the fashion parade in Fellini's Roma (1972). (Go see this film projected at a theater when possible.)


Cloud  Friday May 30 04:21 PM

Lincoln, the Vatican, and Fellini?

whoa. head rush!



Imigo Jones  Sunday Jun 1 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Cloud View Post
Lincoln, the Vatican, and Fellini?
Don’t forget the queens, Cloud! Going back to Louisiana:

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Left: Miss Andouille [sausage] XII [2006]
Ashley Kristine Wilking
Right: 2007 Miss Queen of Hearts [of the River Parishes Fall Festival]
Ashley Kristine Wilking


Hey, I thought she was from Georgia--Scarlett’s friend.

More importantly, what up with her batwings? A lot of the Louisiana queens wear ’em. I’m guessing it’s a regal mantle bestowed only upon the winner at the big moment, along with the tiara, sash, and bouquet. Personally, I prefer Miss BHF’s bare-shoulder look.

Still, there’s certainly something to be said for the batwing style. Further research shows that in a few short years in the early 1930s, in male scholarship competitions, the regal pageant mantle underwent a radical transformation from modest proportions to the exaggerated dimensions that persist today:

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Left: Seward Sanitarium Blood Drive Festival King 1931
Bill “Count” Dracula
Right: Mr. Late-Moving Sinker 1934
Chien-ming “the Merciless” Wang


Bonus section: An SSBDF King gallery



1, 2, 3: High-collared mantle, but modest by later standards
2: Lincolnesque winner's crown
4. Joy at hearing Abraham Van Helsing named first runner-up


Highlights of the winner's performance, a dramatic reading, in the talent portion of the competition


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