“Games People Play” was the theme for the Krewe of Lyonnesse 19th annual Mardi Gras Ball Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Capital Atrium of the Belle of Baton Rouge.
King Lyonnesse XIX Donovan Alexander Bailey and Queen Lyonnesse XIX Riana Marie Gaudet reigned over the festivities. President Mary Roper welcomed members and guests to the Royal Hall of Lyonnesse.
Ball Captains Melanie Uzee and Whitney Graves introduced the Master of Ceremonies Andre Uzee, and Duchess Ella McCalip performed the National Anthem.
The queen, a senior at St. Joseph’s Academy, is the daughter of Tina and Drew Gaudet and granddaughter of Cathie and John Ryan and Vickey Gaudet and Henry Gaudet.
The king, a sophomore at Dutchtown High School, is the son of Vicky Jones-Bailey and Donald Bailey and grandson of Frances Ray, of Brenham, Texas; Hannah O’Connor, of New Orleans, and the late Sidney O’Connor.
Royal attendants were Princess Abbigail Grace Marx, Princess Ramsey Katherine Graves, Prince Wilson Samuel Battley and Prince Solomon Ezekel Riley.
Returning as the 2015 royal court were King Samuel Shapiro and Queen Hannah Papizan, Princesses Elizabeth Odeh, Virginia Truxillo, Sophia Shapiro, Barons Ben Papizan and Joseph Shapiro.
Maggie Kimble, Queen Lyonnesse XVII, served as medallion presenter.
In the tableau were: Golf — Princes Asher Marx and Ethan Marx; Football — Princes Aiden Anderson, Jonah Anderson and Baroness Marley Graves; Basketball — Princesses Ainsley Graves and Camille Taylor; Soccer — Princess Simone Riley and Prince Joshua Tucker; Tennis — Princesses Reghan Daniel, Caroline Taylor and Brooklyn Williams; Track — Princesses Savannah Taylor and Olivia Van Hook; Playing Cards — Princesses Amelia Johnson, Ainsley Johnson and Amelia Pleasant and Prince Warren Pleasant; Candyland — Princesses Cecile Taylor and Laura Tucker; Twister Twins — Baroness Cooper Willis and Princess MacKenzie DeLaune; Trouble — Prince Max Kimble; Operation — Princess Virginia Bowen, Princes Marshall Elliott and Risley Elliott; Clue — Princesses Ann Malloy Kimble, Jada Williams and Jonah Williams and Prince Beau Willis; Love and War — Duchess Abby Blaize, Princess Audrey Avery and Prince Connor Cook; Illusion — Princesses Macy McCalip and Marguerite Uzee and Prince Daniel McCalip; Duck Duck Goose — Princesses Karli Goulette, Kolbi Goulette, Ashley Mendoza and Clara Mendoza; Hunger Games — Duchess Ella McCalip, Princess Caroline Uzee and Prince Clay Taylor; Super Mario — Princess Elizabeth Kessler, Princes William Kessler, Adam Tessmer and Baron James Van Hook; Clash of Clans — Princes Jonathan Hayes, Lane Mendoza and Luke Mendoza; Pokemon & Pacman — Princes Joseph Sanford and Willie Johnson.
The krewe also recognized this year’s graduating seniors, Queen Lyonnesse XVII Maggie Kimble, Queen Lyonnesse XIX Riana Gaudet and Princess Jada Williams.
The Krewe of Lyonnesse celebrates the family, while enjoying southern Louisiana tradition of Mardi Gras. Lyonnesse consists of children age 3 through high school, who take part in its ball processional and ride in the Southdowns Parade. Krewe members also participate in community service activities and present an annual tableau for the residents of Williamsburg Retirement Center. Founded in 1996, the krewe takes its name from the tale of Lyonnesse in the legends of King Arthur.