Krewe of Artemis Captain Joanne Walker Harvey’s whistle exchange called to order its 15th annual Mardi Gras Soirée “Artemis Celebrates Fifteen Years of Fun” Jan. 16 at the River Center Ballroom.
Reigning over the festivities as King and Queen Artemis XV were Joseph Charles Possa and Kris Cangelosi. Possa, managing partner of Tyler & Possa law firm, was introduced with the traditional king’s tune of “Impossible Dream” from the musical “Man of La Mancha.” Cangelosi, founder of the Cangelosi Dance Project, was introduced with the traditional queen’s tune of “Memories” from the musical “Cats.”
Keeping with tradition, the soirée began with the presentation of the colors, followed by a parade of the past kings and queens to “76 Trombones” from the musical “Music Man.”
Serving as the queen’s pages were Elizabeth Grace Lato, daughter of Cherie and Shaun Lato, and Natalie Ann Rahm, daughter of Shannon and David Rahm. They represented the Artemis Parade and paraded to Professor Longhair’s “Go to the Mardi Gras.”
Serving as the king’s pages were Locke Joseph Brackin, son of Renée Renegar and Richard Brackin, and Marshall Fielding Elliott, son of Olivia and Neal Elliott.
Royal maids to her majesty were Claire Marie Charpentier, daughter of Nanci and Troy Charpentier, who represented a Day at the Races and paraded to Taylor Swift’s “Style”; and Nina Claire Jalanek, daughter of Maia and Jay Jalanek, who represented a Weekend in Las Vegas and paraded to “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley.
Royal dukes to his majesty were Michael Aaron Avery, son of Shannon and Michael Frierson and Brock and Brooke Avery; and Jeffrey Scott Madere, son of Christine and Timothy Madere.
Princesses of the junior court were Virginia Routh Bowen, daughter of Maria and Phillip Bowen, and Taylor Ann Thomas, daughter of Jennifer and William Thomas. They represented Bayou Country Superfest and paraded to Garth Brooks “Calling Baton Rouge.”
The male junior court included Neal Risley Elliott III, son of Olivia and Neal Elliott, and Michael Allan Sims III, son of Jacy and Mike Sims.
Next to make their entrance were the officers of the Krewe of Artemis, who were introduced to the song “I’m So Excited” by the Pointer Sisters. They included President Toni Chenevert, Katie Braun, Cupid Hart-James, Michelle Ingram, Susan Langley and Edith Rahm. They were followed by the Artemis float lieutenants, who provided a sneak peek at this year’s parade, which rolls through downtown at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, with 18 New Orleans-style floats and over 20 bands and marching groups.
Master of ceremonies for the evening was Steve Backstrom. The royal court costumes were executed by Karen Massett, of Masquerade Costumes in New Orleans.