On Tuesday, four of the 16 Pickle Queens of Mansfield, Texas' own St. Paddy's Day Pickle Parade and Palooza, graced us with their royal presence and took questions from our own Willie Brown second graders. These regal ladies shared with us the history and the how-to of being a Pickle Queen in Mansfield, Texas. We learned that
- A Pickle Queen must be ASKED or INVITED to be part of the group.
- A Pickle Queen must work hard and volunteer many hours to represent the city.
- A Pickle Queen must have red hair (or sport a red wig) and wear a green gown. If you are lucky enough to find a green dress, you'd better snap it up, we were advised.
- A Pickle Queen must be at least 40 years old. No students at Willie Brown qualify to be a Pickle Queen.
- A Pickle Queen must be a lady. Sorry, fellas!
- Amanda Rogers was the first Pickle Queen.
- A Pickle Queen takes charge and gets the work done! She may need many volunteers to help with the work, but, at the end of the day, it is a Pickle Queen who wears the crown!
The St. Paddy's Day Pickle Parade and Palooza will take place in downtown Mansfield with events on Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th. There are many free opportunities and a whole lot of fun to be had. For more information, click here and check out their website.