When the state of Louisiana float rolls through the 134th Rose Bowl Parade in Pasedena, CA on Monday, January 2nd, Jackson Parish will have a representative on it. Emma Carter from Quitman and a student at Quitman High School will be one of the 20 festival and fair Queens that will be on the massive re-creation of a riverboat covered in roses. Carter was selected by virtue of her being named Queen of the Dixie Gem Peach Festival.
“I’m having a wonderful time with Louisiana Travel out here in Pasadena, California,” posted Carter on the Queen Dixie Gem Peach pageant Facebook page. “There have been many great things to take place and a lot of work to be done with our float. I can’t wait till it’s all finished and let everyone watch it. Thanks for the support, and don’t forget to Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!”
Riding on the float along with the fair maidens from Louisiana will be Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, who stated that not only does the parade serve as a way to showcase the state’s culture to the rest of the country, it serves as the unofficial kickoff to the Mardi Gras Carnival season.
“It’s a great way to kick off Mardi Gras. We get people excited about coming in to see the festivities for Mardi Gras in Louisiana,” Nungesser explained.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. (Central Time) on Jan. 2. and will be televised live on NBC and ABC networks as well as the Hallmark Channel and Univision. It will also be streamed on Peacock.
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