Monday, August 31, 2009

Southern Belles

I'm one lucky see I had both of my daughters interview for the chance to serve on the Azalea Trail court here in Mobile..and both of them made it! Azalea Trail is a group of 50 high school seniors who serve as ambassadors for the city of Mobile. There are about 350-400 girls that tryout for this opportunity and it's a huge honor to be selected by the panel of judges. This is not a beauty pageant, the girls are interviewed with questions about the history of the city and state, current affairs and they choose 50 to serve for one year.

You hire a dressmaker and the two of you design the dress (all the dresses are different). The cost of the dress is around $2,500.00-$4,000.00 (my husband still can't believe that he was so lucky to have both of his daughters chosen). I can say that after all was said, we both are happy that they had this opportunity...even if we are broke!

Haley our oldest daughter was very honored that her court was chosen to participate
in President George W. Bush's Inauguration Day Parade in 2005...she said this was her favorite trip out of the four that she participated in. The Azalea Trail Maids also participate in Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney World's Easter Parade and the 4th of July parade in Atlanta. Since it's almost time for our beautiful AZALEAS to bloom here on the coast, so I thought you might like to see a little bit of our true SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY!
Hope ya'll enjoy the pics!

Mary Claire and Haley(this pic was three years after Haley was an Azalea Trail Maid..and she could still fit into her dress...we don't think she has gained a pound since 7th grade....must be nice)

The girls with their matching "pantaloons".Easter at Disney World!Easter Parade at Disney World...the girls loved it!

This is all 50 girls for the 2007-2008 court

Mary Claire at the Bragg Mitchell Mansion in Mobile

Mary Claire designed the flowers for her attire and her dressmaker Susan did a wonderful job making them for her


The Little Red Shop said...

What a sweet opportunity!

: )

Julie M.

Blue Creek Home said...

Congratulations to both of your beautiful daughters. What an honor!
Their dresses are scrumptious.
I had a part in a play as a youngster and I had a yellow hat similar to these(not nearly as fancy though)! a little blast from the past!
Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment about Caro's apt.
WAR EAGLE!! Rhonda

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

how pretty!

Judy said...

I love this post. What an honor to have both girls chosen for this prestigious position. I grew up in Lowndes Co(AL) and every year girls wore those gowns for our annual pilgrimage. This post brings back some wonderful memories.


P.S. Beautiful dresses and GORGEOUS daughters!

Alicia said...

I came by from Rhoda's to see your thrifty treasures and was enchanted by the beautiful photos of the girls. How proud you must be.

j said...

Hello neighbor! I live in lower Alabama, here by way of Alabama bloggers.

Your daughters are beautiful!

Angie said...

Congrats to your daughters and family! I know y'all are so proud!

PAT said...

Hi Linda
I just popped over from Rhoda's. This post is gorgeous! Your daughters are beautiful!

All the photos are wonderful! I love the one of all the girls together. It looks like a rainbow!

Drawn to The Sea said...

Cotton candy colors on pretty girls... anyone would smile at these wonderful photos.


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