Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

Pothier Jean Voorhies III was in high spirits as host of a City Club breakfast Mardi Gras Day. Lights and sirens preceded his arrival as the King’s Men escorted him to his traditional pre-parade breakfast, and attending the merry monarch were Leisa and Sonny Comeaux, Ann and Stuart Clark, Mayor Joey Durel, Foard family Robert and Carrie with sons and royal pages John Thomas and Everett, Tommy Hightower, past Gabriel Dr. Bradley Chastant and wife Mary, and Wes and Denise Castille.

Knight pre-parade party

The stalwart women of Victoria painted themselves waterproof in advance of the coming cold front and Queen’s Parade, but rain didn’t stop the traditional pre-party at Ann Knight’s Shannon Road home. A long-standing krewe ritual meant to sustain the float riders into the night, the hostess didn’t disappoint this year either. Margaritas flowed, the charcoal grill glowed and Queen Victoria Sue Lein looked even more elegant than the original. “I was told it wasn’t going to rain,” she said regally. “Evidently I was talking to the devil.” Ready for anything were Kelly Sobiesk, Renee “Jingles” Domingue, Teresa Meza, Sharon Yeomans, Debbie Alleman and Brenda Trahan, who remembers le capitaine de Mardi Gras riding into her front yard growing up.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.