Interview Prep Circle

Are you interested in serving on the Feast of Lanterns Royal Court or the NEW Royal Guard? This event is hosted by Kaye Coleman, Vice President for the Board of Directors. You will have a chance to practice the process of interviewing and review tips for giving your best interview. This is for young women and men that are interested in serving on the Royal Court or Royal Guard. Going through the interview process to be selected for the Royal Court or Royal Guard is a wonderful real life experience and one that prepares you for success in your adult life. Come and be part of Pacific Grove's history!

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
February 9, 2017
6:30 till 8:00 pm

Royal Court Application

It was in 1958, 53 years after the first Feast of Lanterns celebration was held in Pacific Grove, the first Royal Court reigned over the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns. From 1958 through 1964, the young women who participated were part of the Miss Monterey County pageant, and Queen Topaz also held the title of Miss Pacific Grove. Queen Topaz 1962 went on to participate in the Miss California pageant, won, and went on to compete in the Miss America pageant. These pageants provided the college scholarship fund and schooled the young women in public speaking and community service. The traditions of the Royal Court as set forth in 1958 as part of an organization designed to assist young women prepare for their future continues today.

In 1987, the Board of Directors established the Royal Court Scholarship Fund and created a process by which the community and the Board select the Royal Court from a group of middle and high school age applicants. The traditions and purpose of the Feast of Lanterns are held near and dear to the residents of Pacific Grove: To further and enhance the culture, history, and heritage of Pacific Grove through civic and cultural activities including the annual Feast of Lanterns festival.

The Board of Directors and community members select the Royal Court each year with seriousness of purpose, because it is the responsibility of the Board and the Royal Court to keep whole the purpose and traditions of the Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns.

Chang Applications Now Open

The Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors is please to announce the addition of Chang to the Royal Court. This is an opportunity for a young man in our community to serve as an ambassador of Pacific Grove along with Queen Topaz and the Princesses.

Any young man, 8th grade to 12th grade, who attends Pacific Grove schools or lives within the city of Pacific Grove is eligible. He will need to submit an application packet here and go through the interview process. Whoever is chosen as Chang will be expected to fulfill the same obligations as anyone on the Royal Court and will earn the same scholarship as a Princess.

The Board of Directors looks forward to an exciting year with our new addition and know that whoever is chosen as Chang will be a role model to the young men in Butterfly Town, USA.

1958 Queen and her court
1958 Royal Court

Responsibilities and Commitment

The responsibilities and commitment required of the Royal Court and their families include time, energy and the ability to represent Pacific Grove in a positive manner at all times. Before applying for the Royal Court, review the information included in this application package and on our website. Discuss with your family what is required of you and your family during the Court's reign. We want to be sure that you understand the commitment you are making and the responsibilities you are accepting before you apply to be a member of the 2016 Royal Court.


All girls are eligible to submit a Royal Court application:

  • Those who are in grades 8 through 12 at the time the application is due.
  • Those whose primary residence is in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, although they are not required to attend a Pacific Grove public school.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Information Meeting

The Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 7th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

This meeting is mandatory for at least one parent or guardian of any applicant for the 2017 Feast of Lanterns Royal Court and the Royal Guard. The meeting will outline the commitments and responsibilities required of a Royal Court and Guard member, including the preliminary calendar (subject to change as events are added). Please bring any questions you may have to this meeting as there will be a question and answer session following. The applications to serve of the Royal Court and Royal Guard are due by 5:00 pm on February 24, 2017. They will be posted on the Feast of Lanterns website on January 15, 2017.

This year the Board of Directors has voted to add the Royal Guard. Last year Chang was added as a member of the Royal Court and any young man trying out for it will go through the same interview process as the young ladies do. This year Chang will become the head of the Royal Guard and there will be 4 additional positions on the Royal Guard for young men to try out and be part of the Feast of Lanterns. This means that there will be a Royal Court with Queen Topaz with 6 Princess of various gemstones, a Royal Guard that is led by Chang, has 4 Guardsmen who represent animals and elements. The Royal Guard will learn a martial arts demonstration and they are already part of the pageant script. It is a perfect way to give young men a larger role in this hometown tradition. They are the knights and the court is the royalty.

Pacific Grove Community Center
515 Junipero Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Tuesday February 7, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 pm

If you have any questions, please click here to go to the "About Us" page and contact the Vice President through our message form.