Czech Royal Court looks ahead after busy season

The Czech Royal Court is finishing an active spring, with one more parade before the crowning ceremony for new members during Houby Days.Crowning of the Czech Prince and Princess and Little Brother and Little Sister will take place at noon Sunday, May 21, at the Kosek Bandstand in Czech Village. The public is encouraged to attend and support all of the candidates, who were interviewed by a panel of judges in March.Members of the Royal Court also will participate in the Houby Days Parade, set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20.Float maker Tim Pfeifer and his family had the float decked out for both the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids, featuring a Czech lion and leprechaun, and the St. Joseph’s Parade on March 18 through New Bohemia and Czech Village.Other recent events included the Sokol Šibřinky – a Czech-style Mardi Gras celebration – the Czech School Chili Supper and the Czech Heritage Foundation’s St. Joseph’s Day Dance.Additionally, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Linda Babinat, Czech Prince Drake Hromidko Ainesworth and Czech Princess Rachael Brandon were interviewed on Z102.9’s Schulte and Swan Morning Show to discuss the March events. Thank you to Sykora Bakery for donating kolaches that were given to the radio crew.Thanks also go to Donna Gruntorad, Bonnie Rohlena, Jim Gruntorad and Janna Waters for serving as judges for the incoming Royal Court.In addition to Linda, Drake and Rachael, members of the current Royal Court are Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Runner-up Lindsay Hottovy; Czech Prince Branden Knight; Czech Princess Victoria Knight; Little Brothers Lars Landa and Davis Robe; Little Sisters Ingrid Landa, Myah Morgan and FayLyn Franks and honorary court attendants, Frank and Jonathan Kime.