Tulip Queen Hopeful's Explicit Street Scrubbing Technique Goes Viral
By Scott Salad
Published May 1st, 2016
ALBANY— The traditional ceremony of scrubbing Albany's streets clean before the start of Tulip Festival got downright dirty Thursday when one of the five finalists for this year's Tulip Queen was caught performing lewd acts with her push broom.
Much to the chagrin of event organizers, 23-year-old Eve Bead of Latham is now considered the front-runner to capture this year's crown after video of her straddling a broom and gyrating uncontrollably spread like wildfire across social media.
“I was standing there watching the pretty girls sweeping State Street when all of a sudden one of them starts grinding against her broom,” said Monty Walnut, the Menands man who captured the video. “Talk about being in the right place at the right time.”
In the video — which hit three million Youtube views in its first 48 hours — Bead moans in ecstasy while clutching a broom between her slender thighs. She then falls to her knees and begins simulating oral copulation. The one-minute, 23-second clip ends with her licking her lips and chin.
“I was bored and my wooden shoes we're really killing me,” said Bead. “I was just trying to have some fun.”
Even though the avalanche of attention has brought Albany's signature Spring event into the national spotlight, event organizers are not pleased.
“Albany's Tulip Queens are ambassadors of the city,” said Marion Ross, director of Albany's Special Events and Cultural Affairs Department. “They're involved in several community service projects during their one-year reign, including The Literacy Campaign. They're role models, not trollops.”
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan disagrees.
“People stopped giving a shit about the Tulip Queen a long time ago,” said Sheehan. “Maybe this will shake things up and make the post relevant again. I love it.”
Though the selection process typically involves letters of recommendation and interviews with applicants, the outpouring of support for Bead has put pressure on the selection committee to open the voting up to the public.
“Yeah, that's not going to happen,” said Ross. “If we give 50,000 drunk college kids a Tulip-Queen vote, do you know what effect that will have on Albany's already horrendous literacy rate?”
This year’s Tulip Queen will be crowned in a silly little coronation ceremony next Saturday in Washington Park.