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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Royalty for a day

SHREWSBURY

Deb J. Melander thought she couldn’t top spending a week in the Florida sun, relaxing with her 19-year-old daughter and her daughter’s three college roommates on the beach — that is until they were treated like royalty for a day.

While they were walking around the Magic Kingdom at Disney World last week, a park employee named Fred approached them and started asking them questions. Where did they live and what college did the young women attend? A little skeptical about the attention, Ms. Melander, 54, of Shrewsbury, wondered what he wanted.

Then he told them that they had been chosen as grand marshals. It meant that they would lead the daily parade that winds through the park filled with thousands of waving, picture-taking tourists.

Donning personalized Mickey Mouse ears and riding an open cart at the head of the parade were Ms. Melander; her daughter, Heather; and friends Kathleen Fitzgerald, Caitlin McMullen and Nicole Muratore, all sophomores at Assumption College.

-- Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

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