Ten contestants — including young women from Madison, Borden, Austin and Carrollton — competed for the title of Miss Madison Regatta 2019 at the Niki Washer Memorial Regatta pageant Monday night at North Madison Christian Church. The winner and new Miss Madison Regatta 2019 is Kennedy Rachelle Easton of Borden, a sophomore at Hanover College. The first runner-up is Makayla Janan Christian of Madison and the second runner-up is Jesse D. Mays of Austin. For more on the pageant and royalty, see Community, Page A8.
Ten contestants — including young women from Madison, Borden, Austin and Carrollton — competed for the title of Miss Madison Regatta 2019 at the Niki Washer Memorial Regatta pageant Monday night at North Madison Christian Church. The winner and new Miss Madison Regatta 2019 is Kennedy Rachelle Easton of Borden, a sophomore at Hanover College. The first runner-up is Makayla Janan Christian of Madison and the second runner-up is Jesse D. Mays of Austin. For more on the pageant and royalty, see Community, Page A8.
The annual Regatta Parade will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Jefferson and Main streets and turn west on Main until it reaches the end of the route at Cragmont Street.

Kim Washer, chair of the event, said the parade probably will last 60-90 minutes. There are 110 entries this year.

The grand marshals this year are a former Madison High School basketball standout and a King’s Daughters’ Health emergency room physician.

Danny Gibson graduated in 2002 from MCHS and played college basketball before moving on to a 13-year career as a professional basketball player in the international ranks. He is the Grand Marshal.

Dr. Mark Charpentier, an emergency medicine physician at King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison where he serves as the medical director of the emergency department, is the Community Grand Marshal, a new role for the 2019 parade.  

Among others expected in the parade in addition to the high school bands, drill teams, balloons, law enforcement officers, vintage cars and other favorites are Fran and Edward Muncey, the wife and son of the late Bill Muncey and Chip Hanauer. Bill Muncey and Hanauer are two of the greatest unlimited hydroplane drivers of all time with Muncey ranking second in career wins with 62 and Hanauer third with 61.

Other former standout Madison High School sports figures who are expected to be in town and in the parade are basketball legends Buster Briley, Larry Humes, Willie Humes and Jack Waters and baseball legend and former coach, Gary O’Neal.

Wristbands for the Regatta & Roostertail Music Festival are available at the gates day of events.