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Chicago businesses celebrate upcoming release of 'The Princess and the Frog' with mother-daughter Princess Coronation Weekend

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In this film publicity image released by Disney, Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, left, and Prince Naveen, voiced by Bruno Campos, are shown in a scene from the animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." (AP Photo/Disney)

On December 11, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents "The Princess and the Frog," and Diamonds & Lace EventScaping plans to honor more African-American princesses next Friday too with their Princess Coronation Weekend in Chicago.


"'The Princess and the Frog' was more or less the inspiration for the Princess Coronation Weekend," said Relana Johnson, co-owner of Diamonds & Lace EventScaping. "An affiliate of ours is handling the private screening of the film, and we felt that this was just too historical of an event to just limit it to the private screening. Everyone in the community is excited about it."


The film, "The Princess and the Frog," is about an African-American young lady named Tiana who meets a frog prince trying to become human again. Their chance encounter and a kiss lead them into the lively Louisiana bayous.


"The Disney princess franchise is a billion-dollar franchise, and for them to take note that the African-American buying power of women, children, parents, grandparents is worth giving us a princess that people in our community can identify with makes it a big deal," Johnson said.


Mattel presented a one-of-a-kind Princess Tiana doll created by Toni-award winning actress Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana. "The Princess and the Frog" is also a return to hand-drawn animation courtesy of John Musker and Ron Clements. Princess Tiana, the latest princess in over 10 years, is also Walt Disney's first black princess.


"Walt Disney has gone back to what essentially put them on the map as a company," Johnson said, in reference to the return of hand-drawn animation. "And also it gives a nod to something that effected our [African-American] community a great deal, which was Hurricane Katrina. They have set the film in the city of New Orleans. It acknowledges us as a community."


The total package for the Princess Coronation Weekend includes various events from Chicago companies, including the Gyrlie Girlz Mobile Spa for Girls presents "Gyrlie Girlz SpaJama Party at the Renaissance Hotel," A'Vents by August presents "Breakfast with the Princess: Private Movie Screening of 'The Princess and the Frog,'" a princess coronation luncheon at the Parrot Cage Restaurant and Tiny Tots Villa Montessori presents "Disney Shopping Trip on the Mag Mile" shopping extravaganza.


These events will also include a book signing with the author of "Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball" Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, Cajun style meals, Mardis Gras beads, raffles, games, mini-makeovers, tiara gifts, bedtime stories, games, shopping, a warm cup of hot chocolate at Hershey's Chocolate World, a tea party with Addy at American Girl Palace and a royal coronation ceremony.


"We're about family, being a mother-daughter company," said Johnson, who encourages mothers to come with their daughters. "So we want to encourage bonding and spending quality time. Spending time with your mother are the moments that you cherish when you become an adult."


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