The Krewe of Attakapas, the first women’s carnival krewe in Lafayette, held its 50th annual carnival ball, “Ceremony of the Golden Sun,” on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Frem Boustany Convention Center.

The ball began with special characters, Wise Owl and Totem, reminiscing about the history of the krewe, which was formed as a mystic organization to honor men of the community who had devoted their time and talents to the development of Mardi Gras in Lafayette. Headed by its captain, Cahoula, representing the Keeper of the Colors, the evening started with entertainment from their muse, Laughing Water, who represented the Dream Catcher.

Reigning over the festivities were Queen Karakondye L and King Lacassine L, Noble Chieftain of the Attakapas, Robert Guinan Copeland, a Lafayette native and operations manager for M & D Industries and its associate companies. Copeland has served on the Ascension Episcopal School Board for 14 years, currently serves on the River Ranch homeowners association board, has been a contributing Rain Angel for Festival International for 12 years and is a member of the Rajun Cajun Cooking Club. He is active in several Mardi Gras krewes, having served on the Krewe of Troubadours executive board and been a float captain, duke, special character and king. He also has been a duke of the Krewe of Attakapas and served on the krewe's floor committee for 19 years. He is a past duke of the Krewe of Gabriel and has been a krewe float captain for the past 21 years. He is married to Janice Leblanc Copeland, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth Jane Copeland.

The Daughters of the Attakapas, each of whom represented her Tribal Color, welcomed six noble warriors.

John Wesley Bordelon, president and CEO of Home Bank, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Sun.

Michael Anthony Habetz, a petroleum and mechanical engineer and an independent drilling and completion consultant through M & R Management, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Earth.

Theodore William Kergan II, CEO of Kergan Brothers/Louisiana Sonic Drive-In Restaurants and producer of the annual Sonic Christmas Parade, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Animals.

Clifton Ralph Lane II, owner of The Grad Shoppe, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Spirit.

Pothier Jean Voorhies IV, an independent landman and the assistant baseball coach for the Lafayette Christian Academy Knights, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Fire.

David Alexander Young, CEO and in-house general counsel for K2 Coolers, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing Water.