Meet the Press

His Majesty King Gabriel LXXVII Dewitt Clinton David Jr. and Queen Evangeline LXXVII Katherine Elise Blanchet conducted their first official media interviews at the Woodvale home of royal parents Bill and Rebecca Blanchet. Television and newspapers alike gathered to meet Their Highnesses, who posed for photographs amid their families. Both were looking forward to the social festivities leading to parade day, especially the king, who said he got his wig clipped last year by the live oak branch at The Advocate office. “This year, they’ve put yellow tape around it,” he said. What we loved: Bill Blanchet’s buffet spread and hospitality. Now there’s a man who knows how to meet the press.

For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow

Charlie Pierce turned 91 in style and where else but at the Petroleum Club. Ken and Caroline Boutte hosted the drinks ’n’ dancing get-together in the Grill Bar, and we’re told lots of historic oil guys showed up. Historic guy and godfather of swamp pop Warren Storm played, everyone stayed, and you’d never guess there was anything amiss with the oil industry that night.

Ici on parle Français

The Acadian Museum has announced a $1,500 donation to filmmaker Nicholas Campbell and his project “Forked Island,” a bilingual film focusing on the 1916 state-sponsored prohibition of French in Louisiana public schools. A major goal of the film is to give an authentic glimpse into the life and language of mid-century Cajuns.

Opening night gala

The 11th annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival opened to grand acclaim at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, kicking off eight days of films from around the world. Looking stylish were Gregor Trumel, consul general of France from New Orleans, film director Pat Mire and Estela Brewer in her Hollywood-chic Armani mink and fox vest and Russian amber necklace. Competition was fierce film-wise also — over 1,000 independent filmmakers vied for 198 slots.


The Petroleum Club hosted the Louisiana Oil & Gas state of the industry luncheon and the Women’s Energy Network was there. LOGA President Don Briggs spoke on the state of the union, saying they’d all seen better days and it was now in God’s hands. Smiling in the face of adversity were WEN’s Amy Gautreaux, CeCe Richter, Carol Trosclair and Halliburton’s Larry LeMarie.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at