MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Ann Claire Carnahan, a junior at UMS-Wright Preparatory School, was named queen of the 2013-2014 Azalea Trail Court during coronation ceremonies at the Saraland Performing Arts Center Sunday, December 16. Carnahan, the daughter of Dr. Gary Carnahan and Elizabeth Carnahan, will assume her responsibilities May 1, 2013. She is joined by 49 other junior girls representing 14 local high schools, all of whom will be seniors during their terms.
Carson McLain Smith, the daughter of Todd and Angela Smith, and a junior at Baker, was named first lady-in-waiting. Nicole Iida of Davidson and the daughter of Hong Nguyen and Kingo Iida was named second lady-in-waiting.
The court is sponsored by the Mobile Azalea Trail, a project of the Mobile Jaycees. The Azalea Trail Maids serve as welcoming ambassadors for Mobile at various civic events, both locally and nationally, in an effort to promote tourism and local hospitality. In past years, the court has appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade, Disney World’s Easter Parade, the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Indianapolis 500 and other parades in Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas.