The Cane River Creole Heritage Pageant was held on June 23. This year’s pageant was inspired by a “Once Upon A Time” theme with the stage resembling an enchanted forest perfect for a Fairytale Princess. The pageant emcees were Mark Delphin of Lake Charles and Danielle Claiborne of Lafayette.
Carla Roque Allen, current resident of Maumelle, Ark., but a native of the Cane River community near Natchitoches, is the Pageant Director. With the help of a great committee, Carla is able to return home each year for the pageant. This pageant is her way of giving back to her community. It not only offers contestants the opportunity to learn important skills such as stage presence, poise, confidence and public speaking, but it also gives them the chance to learn about and appreciate their rich Creole Heritage.
The 14 lovely contestants who competed in this year’s pageant came from various areas of Louisiana. Each contestant came in dressed as Royalty from head to toe carrying their very own decorated storybook highlighting their magical experience in the pageant . Each girl showcased their personal style and charisma during the phases of competition. The pageant was complete with talented entertainment by Natchitoches Native, Vocalist Azaria Revels, Legacy of Faith: Cane River Creoles Historical Reenactment by the St. Augustine Historical Society, and dance performances by Miss Makenzie Gipson -2015 Miss Louisiana Creole Belle.
Congratulations to the 2018 Winners and Runner-Ups
Olivia Sylvia – Bye-Lo Baby Winner
April Rainbolt – Little Miss Creole Belle Winner; Isabel Metoyer – 1s t Runner Up Myriah Baptiste – Miss Petite Creole Belle Winner; Alexandra Hubbard -1s t Runner Up Jamaica Sterling – Miss Cane River Creole Belle Winner; Baileigh LaCour -1s t Runner Up