Monday, October 27, 2008

12 years in the making

Before the parade kicked off, 17 year-old Nonnie Berard (among the youngest queens in the festival system) told me that she ran for Crawfish Queen as soon as she was eligible because it is just about the greatest honor a young girl can have in her hometown of Breaux Bridge. At age 5, she decided she would someday be the queen and she won on her first try. She has no intention of running for any other title because, “I’ve seen girls who compete every weekend for a new title, but I couldn’t do that. I can’t imagine going for a title I didn’t grow up dreaming of. Once I’ve been Crawfish, I’ve lived the dream—why take some other local girl’s dream from her? I wouldn’t feel right.”

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