Miss Mardi Gras Drag Queen Pageant Finds Their King and Grand Marshall for Big Event Organized by CMJ Productions and Downtown Dunedin Merchant’s Association

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The crowning of the Miss Mardi Gras Queen happens on the 15th, but her King and Grand Marshall have already been courted.

Dunedin Mardi Gras will host its Miss Mardi Gras Pageant at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin.

It is the time of year again for the annual Miss Mardi Gras Pageant, a night full of big wigs, glamour and evening gowns. Female impersonators from around the area will gather to compete for the title of Miss Mardi Gras Queen. Coming up on its 24 year run, this pageant was created by Bob Moore of Kelly’s, Chica-a-boom Room, and Blur Nightclub in Dunedin to add a new element to their yearly event: the Dunedin Mardi Gras.

Miss Mardi Gras is the longest running female impersonation pageant in Florida. While it is usually all about the queens, the rest of the royal line-up has been announced for CMJ’s big event. Dave Eggers, the former Mayor of Dunedin and current Pinellas County Commissioner, has been chosen as the King and escort for the Miss Mardi Gras Queen, while Chuck Henson from the local Bay News 9 team has been knighted the title of Grand Marshall. The winner of the Miss Mardi Gras pageant will ride in the Mardi Gras parade and also perform for guests after the parade ends. Other entertainment and activities after the parade include:

  • Performances from Applebutter Express, Nathan & the Zyedeco Cha Chas and more;
  • Jugglers, caricature artists and street performers;
  • Bands on three stages.

Blur Nightclub will be hosting the pageant on February 15 and locals can use this time to purchase VIP tickets for the parade that will be on February 17. The annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade is expecting thousands of both local and outside citizens to participate in the family-friendly festivities. With music starting at the Pioneer Park pavilion around 4 p.m., the parade sets off at 7:30 p.m. featuring over 50 unique floats while beads are being tossed from every angle into the crowd.

Additionally, several elected officials from other areas will ride in the parade to tie in with event’s “Tampa Bay's Mardi Gras” inclusion effort. The Downtown Dunedin Merchant’s Association (DDMA) and City of Dunedin Commissioners will also be riding together on a float during the event.

The Miss Mardi Gras Pageant serves to promote Dunedin to a wide and diverse group of people. Guests of the parade and pageant are encouraged to book accommodations at host hotel Beso Del Sol Resort for ease of access to the event.

More information on the 24th Annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival is available at http://www.dunedinmardigras.com.

About CMJ Productions:

Founded by Corey Judge, an event planner in Tampa Bay that has been has contributing to the economic impact of the area for 10 years, CMJ has created or co-created the area’s most popular events such as Dunedin’s Wines the Blues, Dunedin Mardi Gras, Taste of Dunedin, the Clear Music Jazz Series and Beauty Meets Art. CMJ’s purpose is to help people experience the vibrancy and fun of the Tampa Bay area while also enhancing the quality of life for those that live here.

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