Christina Ostner is celebrating 10 years since she was Princess, and though now in Florida, she still keeps in touch with people she met through the Parade. She loved meeting the different groups from Germany during the Parade events! A close second would be the weekly potato pancakes at the events she attended all summer.
Christina is a first generation German-American with both of her grandparents and her father coming from Bichl, Germany. She found the experience to be a great honor to her family’s heritage. She completed six years of German in middle and high school and her local club in Connecticut recommended that she apply for the court. Her words of encouragement to future courts would be to practice your German. “No better time to do it than in front of the crowds.”
2009 was Christina’s first time seeing the Parade! Even though she now watches as a spectator, she still finds the Parade magical. While in college Christina and her friends volunteered at the Parade to distribute cornflowers in return for donations along 5th Avenue. She still attends the Parade whenever in NY.
Christina is currently the Events Coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL. After the parade, she spent some time in Orlando working for Disney and later traveled the world as a tech for Disney on Ice. Christina feels so lucky to have met Lenny and Barbara Coyne during her reign. Their paths crossed multiple times while she was working at Disney and she will forever cherish those memories! “Life is too short–spend time with the people you love, drink and eat well, and don’t forget to have fun.” Christina has worn many hats–from costume and set designer, to zamboni driver, to zombie (remember, she spent some time working in Orlando… Universal Halloween Horror Nights were just one of her gigs!)… but she will never forget her time wearing a cornflower crown.
If asked to design a float she would design a Masskrugstemmen float to honor the late Lenny Coyne. “You think it’s tough on stage? Let’s see them rock it in the Parade!”
Christina is now a dog mom to two rescue dogs, Annabelle and Frankie. When she is not saving the turtles at work, she is usually doing something crafty! You can see some of her design work at christinaostnerdesign.com.