It's a heavy load
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A queen will wear that crown and the rest of her extensive outfit from about 5 p.m. to midnight on the night of the coronation. Then again from about 7 a.m. to late afternoon on the day of the Battle of Flowers Parade. The difference is that at the coronation she wears her train buckled to her waist. But at the parade, the train is lifted onto the float and attached to a bar, then the queen or princess is raised into position via a cherry-picker.
Eversberg says the trend is toward sheerer and lighter gowns. That's understandable given the kind of heat and humidity one can expect during Fiesta.