Tuesday, October 15, 2018
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH - On Saturday October 13, the annual Andouille pageant with the theme of “Arabian Nights” was held at the St. John Theatre in Reserve. Laeh Alexander, the 2017 Miss Andouille Queen, crowned Mandi Sweeney as the 2018 Queen. The 2017 Teen Andouille Queen, Patience Pray relinquished her title to Jenna Necaise.
The 2018 Miss Andouille Queen is the 22 year old daughter of John and Michelle Sweeney of LaPlace. Mandi is a 2017 graduate of the Aveda Institute of New Orleans with a degree in Esthetology Science. She is a state licensed Esthetician and makeup artist. Mandi competed against four other young ladies in an interview, on-stage promenade, and on-stage question to capture the title of Miss Andouille. “Every little girl who grows up in this community and comes to these fairgrounds longs to be the Andouille Queen,” said Mandi. “My childhood dream came true this weekend and I am so honored to be that girl who sparks that fire in another child with a dream! I prepared so diligently for this pageant that I’m already prepared to promote this festival fully and create such a buzz that I’m sure this will be an amazing year for our parish! I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all of our fun loving festival goers to the sweet aroma of a smokin good time!”
The 2018 Teen Andouille Queen is the 16 year old daughter of John and Pamela Necaise of Laplace. Jenna is currently a junior at Riverside Academy, she is a 10-year dance graduate of Dance ETC and was the 8th grade St. John the Baptist Parish Student of the year. “I cannot be more excited to get to represent my hometown and The Andouille Festival,” said Jenna. “This festival has always been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember. Since first attending the festival as a young girl, I looked up to the Andouille Queens and saw them as my role models with dreams of one day becoming them. Now that this dream has come true, I hope to have the same impact and show younger children to aim high to reach their goals.”
As Ambassadors for St. John the Baptist Parish, the Queens will represent the parish at a variety of local and state-wide functions, including the St. John Andouille Festival, scheduled for this weekend October 19-21, 2018. The new Andouille Queens will also visit their U.S. Representatives and Senators, other elected officials and other representatives throughout Louisiana. Additionally, Mandi will also represent the Parish at the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals Queen of Queens Pageant held in Baton Rouge in February 2019.
On Sunday, October 14, the Baby through Junior Miss Andouille Pageants were held at the St. John Theatre. Photos will be posted on the St. John Parish website at sjbparish.com. For more information on the 2018 Andouille Festival, visit www.andouillefestival.com.