LAFAYETTE — Les Brigands de Lafitte held its 61st Ball Masque on Jan. 17 in the Frem F. Boustany Ballroom at the Heymann Performing Arts and Convention Center.
The entrance to the ballroom was highlighted with a graphic of the Etoile Rouge, Lafitte’s famous fighting ship, and a large likeness of Jean Lafitte.
The theme for this year’s ball was “Lafitte’s Royal Guard” and a replica of this year’s doubloon hung over center stage.
Guests were greeted by the chairman of the floor committee, Sterling Lejeune.
The celebration began with the captain’s whistle, and Jean Lafitte entered tossing necklaces and beach balls, followed by his pirate officers carrying a pirate chest filled with treasures and gifts for the ladies.
Lafitte’s governors entered leading the brigands, whose identities were hidden under colorful uniforms and behind masks.
As the ballroom darkened, the Queen of Les Brigands 2014, Ann-Riley Louise Lane, was recognized, as were all former queens attending.
The dukes, each representing renown members of Lafitte’s inner circle, paraded to the stage. A float depicting an open air Jeep entered the ballroom with the king, portraying Indiana Jones, riding atop.
The Queen of Les Brigands de Lafitte, Katherine Elise Blanchet, was presented by Captain Jean Lafitte.
The queen is the daughter of Bill and Rebecca Blanchet. She is a senior at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where she is an honor roll student, in the Beta Club, serves as senior class secretary on the student council and represented the school on the Grand National Champion Varsity Cheerleading squad.
Maid Caroline Louise Beene is the daughter of Stephen and Kathy Beene and is a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, where she is co-captain of the swim team, which has been state champions for the past four years. She is captain of Louisiana State Zones swim team, was voted the state’s outstanding swimmer, voted Star of Stars female swimmer by The Advocate and outstanding female swimmer of the year by Louisiana Swimming. She plans to swim for the University of Alabama in the fall.
Maid Claire Yvonne Bienvenu is the daughter of Michael and Yvonne Bienvenu and is a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, where she is on the varsity tennis team and was named to be the All-metro tennis team and is an all-state academic athlete. She has won the academic excellence in science award and is in the National Honor Society.
Maid Caroline Elizabeth Cryer is the daughter of Russell and Charlotte Cryer and is a senior at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where she has lettered on the tennis team for four years, and is a member of the regional tennis team. She is a member of the French Club and the Art Club.
Maid Hannah Catherine Guidroz is the daughter of Stan and Ruthy Guidroz and is a senior at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where she is an honor roll student and a member of the Science Club. She also has been involved in other projects, such as Habitat for Humanity and Games of Acadiana. She has been a member of the Photography Club and a junior varsity cheerleader.
Maid Claudia Ann Killeen is the daughter of Patrick and Michelle Killeen and is a senior at St. Thomas More High Catholic School, where she is a varsity cheerleader, a member of the Grand National Champion Varsity Cheerleading squad and was an All-American at the SCA Cheerleading Camp. She plans to attend The University of Mississippi to study business.
Maid Victoria Ann LaPrairie is the daughter of Joseph LaPrairie III and Torie Moody LaPrairie and is a senior at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where she is a member of the Grand National Champion Varsity Cheerleading squad. For 13 years, she has danced at Jill Listi Dance Studio, where she was a member of the Elite competition team for three years.
Maid Taylor Elizabeth Mann is the daughter of David and Sandy Mann and is a senior at St. Thomas More Catholic High School, where she has been an Options member for four years and an Options core team member for three. She won first place in the Face Magazine young writers’ competition.
Meghan Christine Sumrall is the daughter of Trent and Renee Sumrall and is a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy. She volunteers with The ARC in Baton Rouge, Special Olympics and the Salvation Army. She is a past member of the track team.