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The Rose of Tralee

20 Aug

The Rose of Tralee pageant ( is it a pageant? I’m not even sure) is on.

I’ll admit, I started to roll my eyes.  Pageants aren’t my thing.  I’ve sat through Miss America a few times. But to me, pageants are sort of plastic and full of Barbie-type ladies who are trying to outdo each other, talking about World Peace and how they volunteer with kids at risk.

But what I’ve seen of this?  It’s fun!

They interviewed girls – the Luxembourg Rose, the Washington D.C. Rose, the Kilkenny Rose, the Sydney Rose – they pointed out their family members in the audience, chatted about life, delayed flights, parents, sleepwalking incidents.  Some did a talent, some didn’t.  A few sang, one did a dramatic scene, a Rose from Texas taught people how to line dance as her parents, boyfriend and sister got up in the aisle to dance too.  One girl did her impersonation of a dolphin.  She became my favorite.

This is one pageant I would push my daughter to be in.  It looks fun!  I now want to see how this unfolds. I’ve already decided that this is of those special little things about Ireland that you don’t realize is pretty dang cool.

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5 Responses to “The Rose of Tralee”

  1. gryphonboy August 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    When did you change the banner?

    • phoebz4 August 21, 2012 at 5:27 am #

      awhile ago. I had to change the WP format and my old banner refused to upload correctly.

  2. Isobel August 20, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    Its not really a beauty pageant. Its more of a personality and charity work and overall nice person contest. Your family would love the festival. Its been going on in Tralee since last Friday. There’s live bands and stuff on the streets at night and during the day there’s kids activities in the park and the square like face painting and bouncy castles (moon bounces?). Oh and yesterday was the Rose parade. That’s where all the Roses sit on floats and there’s marching bands and kids and circus stuff. Oh and then yesterday there was an air show after the parade, it was so cool! Aslan were playing last night, as were Royseven. Jedward played the first night :/ but ya….its not a pageant!!

    • phoebz4 August 21, 2012 at 5:27 am #

      That does sound like fun…imagine – Jedward! LOL! No, obviously not a pageant…which is why I’d allow my daughter to be in it 😉

  3. Jen August 21, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    I could listen to them talk all day 🙂

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