Laura Elaine Bryan was announced as Queen of the 90th Texas Rose Festival on Thursday during the charity Winter Gala at the Tyler Rose Museum.
In early November, Brian was surprised while having dinner in Dallas, not knowing what was in store for him.
“I was so shocked, so surprised, but so overjoyed and so excited,” she said. “I walked in and saw Mr. (Ron) Schönbrun (President of TRF 2023) with a big red bouquet of roses and his daughter, who was a princess a few years ago, took off the camera and I was so excited. Then they put a pretty tiara on my head, and we had dinner and rejoiced for a merry year.”
Ready to dive into the big year ahead and honored to be this year’s queen, Brian said she is looking forward to continuing the legacy of the TRF queens.
“I’m excited to continue the legacy and join the 89 former queens before me and this elite group and just be able to live up to what they did when they represented Tyler,” she said.
Brian also said she considers the opportunity “a huge honor” and hopes to continue the family tradition.
“I know that the invitation to become queen is an honor not only for me, but for my whole family,” she said during a speech at the gala concert.
According to Brian, the family tradition began with her late grandparents, and she expressed gratitude for the foundation they laid. Other family members included her late uncle Max Hightower, who served as an escort in 1973, her aunt Julie Hightower Collier, who was a lady-in-waiting in 1976, and her mother, who served as a lady-in-waiting. expectations in 1979.
During the gala, Brian said that despite the tradition, which is very important to her family, she is looking forward to representing Pink City.
“I look forward to being Tyler’s ambassador and sharing our mission to promote our community’s pride, our hospitality and the history of the rose industry,” she said.
Brian said she grew up watching the Texas Rose Festival each year, especially watching her mother help organize it as a volunteer for the past two decades.
“It was a lot of fun to go backstage and see the girls in their costumes up close or collect the roses left over from the Rose Show,” she said.
Brian participated in 2010 as an attendant to Queen Mary Lawson Bracken Walden and recalls how sad he was when it all ended.
“I remember how sad I was when it was all over. I cried for days. I know this year will fly by and I will try to enjoy every special moment,” she said.
Along with Queen Brian, the 2023 TRF Princess will be Conley Jeanette Patricia Cavender.
Cavender is a proud Tylerite who attends Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She mentioned that a surprise came to her at the TCU and University of Texas game.
“I was so surprised because ever since I was a little girl, in 2012, I was actually a railway barrier, and I just remember going and getting autographs from little girls, and they were almost celebrities,” said she.
Along with Brian, Cavender is excited to promote Tyler and is happy to share his experience with this year’s queen and the community.
The theme of this year’s TRF is Film History and the festival will take place during the week of October 19th.