BRIGHTON BEACH - Russian grandmothers took to the stage this weekend in Brighton Beach for the 10th annual Your Highness Grandmother Pageant. Event organizers say they first started the event to give older Russian women a chance to display their beauty. Participants danced and tried to win the favor of judges, which included City Councilman Michael Nelson (D-District 48). "They've been practicing, so they've had something to do for the last number of weeks as well," says Nelson. "Something constructive, creative and they get a chance to show in front of people."

Organizers say keeping the event a family affair has been crucial to its decade of success.