Contestants of the U.S. All World Beauties National Pageant will ride in style through downtown Lisle in classic convertibles to celebrate their arrival in Illinois for this year's competition.
The pageant, featuring women competing for three national All World crowns, is Sunday, July 10, at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Performing Arts. But for the first time the contestants will be in a parade before the event, giving casual fans and the merely curious a chance to see the women outside of the pageant.
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The parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, on Main Street from near Ogden Avenue with Lisle Mayor Joseph Broda serving as master of ceremonies.
Afterward, a block party will feature convertibles provided by the Oldies But Goodies Club and pre-1983 American-made cars and trucks from Old Gold Cruisers.
The pageant on Sunday aims to celebrate the success of modern women, organizers say.
"Each winner represents a certain segment of the women in the United States," said Diane Wocniak, a pageant directors.
The women will compete for the Miss, Ms and Mrs. All World Beauties crowns. The Miss title goes to a woman 18 to 29 years old who relates to the issues and concerns of young, single women. The Ms. title goes to a woman 30 or older concerned with issues such as careers and children. The Mrs. title goes to a legally married woman 20 or older.
This pageant started in 1999.
"We felt there was a need for a pageant system that had a little bit of a different way of competing," Wocniak said. "Most pageants were choreographed and theatrical. We wanted to change the concept to more mainstream and elegant, similar to the bigger pageants that you see on television."
During their reigns as U.S. All World Beauties national winners, the three women will represent their titles throughout the United States by arranging professional women's workshops, appearing on radio and television, attending women's seminars and luncheons, and speaking to organizations about their titles and success stories.
All three winners will advance to the All World Beauties International Pageant in August 2012 in Florida, where a single winner will be chosen to represent women all over the world.
The national pageant will be televised on the Mediacom Broadcasting Network on Friday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 21.