By JB Clark
NEW ALBANY – North Mississippians living with disabilities were the stars of two pageants in the region Saturday.
Mississippians of all ages who are disabled took to the stage in the Angel Pageant at New Albany’s Civic Center on Saturday afternoon and then a pageant for just girls with disabilities was held by the Spot Junior Civitan Club at Tupelo’s Link Centre on Saturday night.
Julie Bogue’s 3-year-old daughter Alyssa loves pageants and Bogue found out about the Angel Pageant system while looking into pageants for children with disabilities for her daughter.
“I found Angel Pageants out of Arkansas and when I called the lady that started it (BJ Thorn), she told me there wasn’t one in Mississippi,” Bogue said. “She said, ‘You need to start one,’ and it took me a long time to say yes but I finally did.”
In her first Angel Pageant in New Albany, 47 people, young and old, from the region participated.
Victoria Robertson, 17, of Batesville, was very excited showing off her new blue dress, made by volunteers from Glamour Girl in New Albany.
“They did my hair and my makeup and everything,” she said.
Victoria’s grandmother, Betty Robertson, said Victoria’s sister has been in pageants and Victoria has always wanted to participate.
“They made her a dress this morning when we got here and she’s just so excited about it,” Robertson said. “This has been a blessing. These children deserve to be noticed.”
Volunteers from Live and Let Die Salon and Tease Me Salon did hair and makeup for the contestants.
Darrio Green said his son Jacob Green, 5, of Baldwyn, enjoyed the opportunity to dress up and walk the stage in front of an audience.
Daniel Bonner of Batesville said the pageant was an opportunity for his daughter, Kaitlyn, 8, to do something other children get to do.
Bogue said she hopes to continue doing the Angel Pageant each year.