Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2022. 11:42 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Perhaps mindful of the fiasco of a few years ago when two young women were separately “crowned” Queen of the Bay at Memorial Park in Belize City, the Association of Former Queens, the National Queen of the Bay Committee, and the Pitts Family have tried to head off a similar issue in the Corozal District.
In a statement, these entities say they have been made aware of efforts to crown a Corozal District Queen of the Bay – but the woman who holds that title is Kelsey Zetina, the Corozal delegate who represented the district at the national pageant on August 20.
“Having been properly selected, approved by the National Committee, and represented the Corozal District, Ms. Zetina is the ONLY person who is to be designated and will be crowned Queen of the Bay Corozal District on this upcoming Tenth of September 2022, with the honor and duties that this title entails. This selection process was carried out with the approval and blessing of The Association of Former Queens and the Pitts Family with a clear mandate to uphold the heritage, traditions, and Dignity of the Historic Queen of the Bay Pageant, founded and authored by R. A. Pitts in 1946. No other party or person is authorized to go through with any pretext or plans to crown any other individual at any other time or place,” the statement asserts.
The writers further inform that no other entity owns the title “Queen of the Bay” and district organizations and committee coordinators must be approved by the National Committee and must adhere to the guidelines in the Queen of the Bay Handbook.”
It is not clear if the effort went ahead on September 10 as threatened.
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