The Mansfield Pickle Parade has been celebrating down Main Street for the last six years, entertaining the crowds and wowing with their big green dresses and long, red hair. It’s become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in Mansfield, and now the Pickle Queens are looking to start something new in the name of charity.
The Pickled Mansfield Society is hosting its first ever Bling Fling Pickle Prom at Steven’s Garden and Grill this Saturday from 7 pm to 11 pm. For $35 a ticket, attendees will get drink coupons and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as get the chance to enjoy some high quality entertainment.
Proceeds from the event will go to local charities, including Feed the Kids, Habitat for Humanity, the Lucky Fund at the Mansfield Animal Shelter, the Salvation Mayors Challenge and scholarships given out by the Pickled Mansfield Society.
"We are hoping to raise $3,000 from the event," said John Pressley, President of Pickle Mansfield Society. "We are helping out local Mansfield charities with all the proceeds."
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The event will feature a live DJ, a dance contest, silent and live auctions as well as a best dressed contest.
"You can wear whatever you want, but I would dress cool. We will have fans and misters out there, but it will still be hot," said Amanda Kowalski, one of the original Pickle Queens. "It’s going to be like an ‘after prom,’ so you can wear any kind of prom stuff you want. A lot of guys are wearing tuxedo shirts with shorts."
The best dressed event will give attendees the chance to wear whatever they want in the name of winning the trophy.
"I haven’t finished my idea for my outfit yet, but I’m excited," said Paulette Uzee-Ciesynski, Treasurer of the Pickled Mansfield Society and Pickle Queen. "This was a chance to do something new and exciting. It felt like everyone was on board with the idea from the start."
The Bling Fling will also allow guests to get pictures with their favorite Pickle Queen and enter a raffle to be an honorary Pickle Queen in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2018.
"We started donating money we made from the parade, so then we thought about something that would be just about donating money," Kowalski said. "People wanted to hang out with the Pickle Queens, so we said ‘hey, let’s have a party’ because we are all so busy during the parade running around. You want to see the Pickle Queens? This is where they will be, out there having a good time."
To purchase tickets for the Bling Fling, visit PickleParade.org for more information.