Countdown to Coronation 43

    How did we start this State Event?

    Coronation is the last event of the Imperial year. It celebrates the birthday

    Emperor Water and Empress Koriandir Reign 41

    Emperor Water and Empress Koriandir Reign 41

    of the Court. The Monarchs have worked hard all year, and they step down with their friends and family from all over the Imperial Court System. Right now, the UCPPE celebrates an entire weekend of events.

    Coronation Weekend is also the start of the new year for the next Reign. The newly elected Monarchs are brought into the ballroom and crowned at the end of the event.

    Coronation had been scheduled in June during the first years of the Court. Coronation was cost effective during the days before summer began. However, Colorado Springs is known for its resorts and sunshine during the summer. Hotels grew to be more expensive during the summer.

    Coronation was moved to November. The event has been enjoyed with both comfortable and inclement weather. But, because of talented people, the event has been a success and affordable for both the organizers and the guests.

    Coronation is a chance for the Monarchs to honor their friends that have been inspirational throughout the year. These guests are Command Performers. They perform at different parts of the evening. Since Reign XXXI, the UCPPE allows for only ten command performers to have appropriate time management throughout the event.

    Coronation is an event where the community sees the results of Voting Day. There is a new Emperor and Empress, but there are also new Members at Large for the Board of Advisors.

    • Emperor 11 Duane Thompson

      Emperor 11 Duane Thompson

      Coronation was originally in June.

    • Coronation was held in several hotels for many years.
      • During Reign XXIV Coronation was held at the Sheraton. During Reign XXXI, the Sheraton changed to the Crown Plaza hotel. Coronation has been hosted by this hotel for over ten years. The hotel itself has become a tradition.
    • Coronation is a Board Function
      • Coronation is supervised by the Board of Advisors. Just like other State Functions, Coronation is started by a greeting from the President of the Board of Advisors. The Monarchs appoint a Coronation Coordinator to make sure the event runs smoothly. Once the event starts, the Monarchs are on the Dias and have no time to make any other planning decisions.
    • Coronation Weekend
      • The In-Town Show, usually the Thursday before
      • Friday, The Out of Town Show and Bus Tour
      • Saturday, Coronation
      • Sunday, Victory Brunch

    The In-Town Show

    Usually, the Thursday before Coronation, the In-Town Show is chance for the Monarchs to honor all the people who helped them with their year in the Realm. Awards and Certificates are given out to In-Town Regents and Line Members.

    Out Town Show and Bus Tour

    The Out of Town Show had been in the hotel for some years, but the space needed along with the cost became too cumbersome. During Reign XXXIV, the Progressive Out of Town Show was developed where the Out of Town guests performed at the bars on the Tour.


    Michael Cornejo (Emperor 24) escorting Lauren Ashley (Empress 24)

    Michael Cornejo (Emperor 24) escorting Lauren Ashley (Empress 24)

    Coronation starts at 5:00pm. Colorado Springs has prided itself on hosting a buffet dinner where guests start eating an hour before the event starts. After the traditional opening ceremonies, guests are welcome to continue eating from the buffet until the end of second set. The guests are able to see talented Command Performers, witness the majesty of In-Town and Out-of-Town walks of Regents, Businesses and Organizations. The Monarchs give out Lifetime Awards and have one last evening sitting on the Imperial thrones. The newly elected Monarchs are crowned at the end of the event.

    Victory Brunch

    Victory Brunch is the Sunday afterwards. Colorado Springs has prided itself on hosting an omelet bar and breakfast buffet. We invite our guests to attend the buffet first, and the event is designed to be both comfortable as well as elegant. The stepping down Monarchs give out more awards to in-town and out-of-town guests. The newly elected Monarchs are given a chance to welcome their new Reign. They announce their reign theme, colors, and the theme and date of their stepping down Coronation. In recent years, the Emperor and Empress of the new year also dub their new Prince and Princess Royal.


    Emperor 42 Charley Fox

    Empress 42 Antoniette Lily


    Coronation Tickets

    Walks and Entrances

    Individuals representing Courts, Businesses or Organizations are encouraged to walk. Groups with five (5) or more representatives are invited to do an entrance limited to a maximum of five (5) minutes. Performances are limited to seven (7) minutes. Appropriate formal or themed attire and regalia is requested for every one on the stage for crowning ceremony. Please, appropriate content: no confetti, nudity, open flames, live animals, bare breasts or exposed buttocks.

    Hospitality Suite

    Breckenridge Suite 2nd Floor
    (Protocol by 1:00pm)
    And After Coronation until 1:30am


    We will reserve entire tables with full pre-payment for (8) eight seats. Prepaid tickets will be held at the Hospitality Suite or at the door at Coronation.
    No refunds will be made.


    Sean Gooden

    President, Board of Advisors President@ucppe.org

    For more information about Coronation, Please contact Sean Gooden at President@ucppe.org


    Out of Town Protocol will be accepted by the Coronation Coordinator in the Hospitality Suite. Businesses and Organizations, please type out and print your protocol to be placed in its own envelope. Hand this protocol to the Coronation Coordinator.

    In-Town Protocol will be collected by the Vice President of the Board. (2nd floor) on 8 ½ x 11 paper. Accepted from 10:00am—1:00pm. Protocol should be typed.
    There is a computer center on the first floor of the hotel. Please spell difficult words or names phonetically.

    Coronation Program Ads

    We invite everyone to place an ad in our Coronation 43 Program. The deadline for placing an ad is Friday, October 12, 2018. All ads should be camera-ready art, digital format. Leave a 1/4” border around each of the four edges of a full 8 1/2” x 11” page. Ensure ad is in either .jpg, .doc, .pub or pdf format.

    Please send payment with Ad. Court checks, money orders or cashier’s checks accepted. Remit in United States Currency.
    Checks should be made out to:
    The United Court of the
    Pikes Peak Empire
    Include Ad payment to:
    Dan Alexander
    Attn: UCPPE Coronation Ad
    P.O. Box 6925
    Colorado Springs, CO 80934
    Program Size 8 1/2” x 11”
    Full Page $120
    Half Page $80
    Ads will not be printed until payment has been received.

    You may also purchase your ad online via our secure server:

    If you order your ad online via our secure server, don't forget to send in your ad copy to president@ucppe.org!

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    Emperor Jim

    Empress Roxie
    Prince Royal Sugar Bear
    Princess Royal Tracy Dianne


    Proclamation of His Most Imperial Majesty, Emperor III, Jim

    I hereby proclam [sic] on this day, the 18 of June, 1979, throughout the Empire of Southern Colorado that the Prince and Princess Royal well [sic] serve a full year of their reign in of the year of appointment. By this proclamation the prince and princess well [sic] not be eligible to seek the title of Emperor or Empress durning [sic] the year of their reign/appointment and if they resign or submit a letter of leave of absent [sic], from their title of Prince or Princess Royal this eligibility well [sic] also apply durning [sic] the year of appointment. So be it Spoken. So be it written. So be it done.

    H. M. I. M. Emperor III

    As Empress III, I proclaim that there shall be an annual award presented by the reigning Empress to the person or persons who have exhibited and practiced those humaitarian qualities which distinguish them in our society.

    The first recipients of this award exemplify the traits of love, respect and trust to such a degree that ll of us might well use them as a standard to judge our own contributions to our friends and society.

    They were introduced on October 14, 1954, by Frieda in a bar called the House of Oscar, here in the Springs. For those of you who have not been around for [the] last 25 years, that bar is now called Bob’s Cafe and is on the nortwest corner of Nevada and Fillmore. For those of you who have been around for that long, you may remember one of them as the bartender at Norton’s Tavern; which used to be where the parking south of the utility building is now.

    Talking with these two people brings up some interesting memories from the past. Remember the basement piano bar at The House of Oscar “complex” with such notable entertainers as Randy Lee, George Marvin, and Johnny Burdell? How about the Red Fox in the old Antler’s Hotel where Liberace played in 1954? Bill O’Hare and his favorite phrase, “Garden of the Gods, God speaking…”? The Manhattan Lounge on Pikes Peak between Cascade and Tejon was a local hot spot back then. The Cheift Theater across the street wasn’t known as the Chief complex, but was connected with somebody’s grandfather which might account for the “showbiz” flare of the Hide and Seek Complex. Both of them remember the Colorado Grill before it was the old Hide and Seek, and described the food as good… that tells you how long ago that was.

    They remember the Exit when Bud and Martha Knowles owned it and Chuck Gavin started bringing the gay crowd down there. Remember Jessie? Bury the Fairy Logan? Niles? Gary Jones? Bruen Hilda? Lee Tague? Second Hand Rose? John Greenthumb?

    How about Joe Brady’s first girl’s bar called Sappho’s? (Tom sure does:)… and so do our two humanitarian award winners.

    However, they don’t dwell in the past. They live in the present. At the ages of 66 and 68, they took a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque in 1977. They recently had lunch at the Back Porch in the Raintree and had to suspend conversation while Peter Purse cruised the customers. They voted for Emperor and Empress IV in a dirty book store. They had been lovers now for 25 years, 23 of which they could not live together because of their obligations they fulfilled– one to her dying mother, and the other to her dying sister. When you ask either one that makes a relationship last for 25 years, they reply almost simultaneously– “mutual love, respect and trust in each other.”

    Because of their philosophy which has survived 25 years, because of their dedication to life and its obligations, because of their contribution to our lives, and because they exhibit the humanitarian qualities of love, respect and trust, I proclaim that the first recipients of the Steve and Dorothy Humanitarian Award are:

    Virginia “Steve” Stevenson and Dorothy Brown.

    So be it spoken.
    So be it done.
    Empress III – Roxie
    June 18, 1979

    Council of Regents

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