Belle of the Ball
Celebration honors Olivan's heritage
July 29, 2021
Like most 15 year olds, Julie Olivan looks forward to getting a learner's permit and starting her sophomore year in a new school.
Unlike her classmates, Olivan's 15th birthday celebration was a rite of passage - a celebration of traditions and family bonds, honoring the Clearwater resident's path to adulthood.
On July 10, Olivan dressed in a strapless, sequined pink gown and carried a bouquet of pink roses trimmed with silver ribbon and knelt before a priest, who blessed items from her childhood.
It was a signal of her transition to adulthood.
Originating in Mexico, quinceañeras are widely...