The Krewe of Attakapas, the first women’s carnival krewe in Lafayette, held its 47th annual carnival ball, “Night of the Kachina,” on Jan. 24 at Frem Boustany Convention Center, headed by its captain, Cahoula, who prepared guests for an evening of celebration, and entertained by its muse, Laughing Water, who represented the clown Kachina, Koshari.

Reigning over the festivities were Queen Karakondye XLVII and King Lacassine XLVII, Noble Chieftain of the Attakapas, Richard Charbonnet Flower. He is certified pension consultant, owner and president of Flower and Associates and a member of the American Society of Pension Actuaries.

A native of New Orleans, Flower is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Iona College of New York.

He has served as president and board member of the Acadiana Medical Research Foundation, president and board member of the Women’s Foundation of Acadiana, president and board member of Our Lady of Fatima School Board, board member of Fatima School Foundation and board member of St. Thomas More High School Foundation.

Flower is a member and past duke of the Krewe of Gabriel. He served on the board of directors, as parade chairman and as a royal duke for the Krewe of Bonaparte.

He is a past royal duke and floor committee member of the Krewe of Attakapas. He is a member of other Mardi Gras Associations in Lafayette and New Orleans and is married to the former Rebecca Gentry Flower. They have two children, Amy Flower, of New Orleans, and Katie Flower, of Atlanta.

Six noble warriors escorted the Daughters of the Attakapas, each of whom portrayed a Kachina, a night visitor.

Dr. Stephen Garner Abshire, a physician with Gastroenterology Clinic of Acadiana, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Tawa.

Bradley Joseph Busch, owner of Mike Baker Brick and of Busch Fireplaces, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Ectoto.

Charles Wayne Baudoin, Realtor with Van Eaton & Romero, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Nataska.

Patrick William Reagan, a certified professional landman, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Ahola.

Kevin Scott Potier, president of All American Transfer & Storage, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Talavai.

Robert Lewis Langlinais Jr., vice president of Langlinais Baking Co., escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Kachina Awanyu.