After watching their younger sisters and cousins make their debut the previous night, another 42 Aboriginal girls were made to feel like princesses on Tuesday at the second session of the Moree Aboriginal Mini Debutantes Ball.
This time it was the older girls’ turn, with those aged between seven and 10 making their debut at Moree’s Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) on Tuesday evening, in front of a large crowd of family and friends.
All dolled up in their stunning formal dresses in a rainbow of colours – there were not only white dresses but pink, purple, yellow, blue, and even black made an appearance – the girls were introduced to the crowd and handed a posy of flowers before being greeted by their partners.
The couples then walked arm-in-arm down a red carpeted aisle, where they posed for photos and were made to feel like royalty.
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Organised by the newly-formed Mehi Foundation, the Mini Deb Ball was the second to be held as part of Moree’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.
This is the first time the Mini Debs event has been held in Moree since about the 1990s, and the response from entrants was so popular, the Mehi Foundation had to split it into two nights.
On Tuesday night, the hosts were Jamalla Williams and Luke Swan.