Miss Arkansas Christmas Parade Controversy

December 3, 2005--Posted at 10:40 p.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS--Given the choice of seating Miss Arkansas in a convertible with an Elvis impersonator, beauty pageant officials said she would sit this Christmas parade out.
They said the other alternatives in Thursday's Hot Springs parade also were unacceptable. Those were riding in a police car or a radio station van.

Kelly Hull, executive director of the beauty pageant, says it was unfortunate that this happened in Hot Springs, the home of the Miss Arkansas Pageant. Parade organizer Dick Antoine says he will
write a letter of apology to the pageant board. It was the first time since 1958 that Miss Arkansas did not ride in the annual parade.

Antoine says the man who was expected to drive Miss Arkansas showed up that evening and said he was representing another group and already had a rider and couldn't take Miss Arkansas. Miss Arkansas Eudora Mosby could not be reached for comment.

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