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January 02, 2020

City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs
City Hall, Room 402
Albany, NY 12207
518.434.2032 | fax: 518.426.0759 


DATE:              January 2, 2020
CONTACT:     Ryan Murray, Public Relations Coordinator
518.434.5415 / 

Albany, NY – The City of Albany seeks nominations for the 2020 Tulip Queen & Court. Nominations for young women interested in continuing Albany’s long-standing legacy of community service may be submitted through Monday, April 6 via  

Part of an Albany tradition that stretches back to the late 1940s, the Tulip Queen and her four Tulip Court members are chosen by a committee of local leaders through an extensive interview process. After the Queen is crowned at the annual Tulip Festival, the five young women will spend a full year working together on Albany community outreach programs and educational initiatives.

Nominees must have a strong sense of community, be knowledgeable of the Albany area and its history, and possess leadership skills. Eligible nominees are women between the ages of 18 and 24 residing in Albany County for their entire year of reign (May 2020 - May 2021). 

The Tulip Queen will be awarded a $5000 scholarship, and each Court member will receive a $1500 scholarship award upon completion of the program.

To nominate an extraordinary young woman for this prestigious program, visit This site provides easy access to the 2020 nomination form as well as information about the Tulip Queen and Court selection process, photos, events and information on current Tulip Queen Emily Barcia- Varno and her court members.

Nominations may also be placed by submitting a letter detailing the candidate’s qualifications to:

Albany Tulip Queen Selection Committee
City Hall, Room 402
24 Eagle St.
Albany, New York 12207

All written nominations should include the candidate’s name, address and phone number, as well as the name and phone number of the nominator. is maintained by WSG. Sponsored by B95.5 and 88.3 The Saint.

The 72nd Annual Albany Tulip Festival will be held May 9 & 10, 2020.  For information on the Tulip Queen Coronation or the Albany Tulip Festival, call 518.434.2032 or visit

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