The Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler celebrated its 30-year anniversary themed “Pearls of the Past” on Jan. 31.
The event honored the past three decades of the krewes’ carnival kings, queens and ball captains.
After spotlighting the krewe crest, the returning 2014 royalty were introduced. King LLBTR XXIX Derek Overstreet, representing the charming and dangerous spy Secret Agent 007 James Bond, relinquished the handmade Austrian crystal scepter.
The unique crystal scepters were delicately handcrafted when the krewe was founded 30 years ago.
Krewe President Lisa Munn welcomed guests to the ballroom and introduced original founding members Rod and Barbara Mier and Barry and Pam O’Neil as the 30-year sustaining and charter members of the group.
The ballroom was decorated with framed photographs of past reigning royalty, and costumed mannequins were displayed on the ballroom stage. A collection of photographs was shown in a theatre-style slide show to pay tribute to past royalty. The first decade opened with a laser light show highlighting the first ball theme of “Phenomena of the World” then reviewed the celebrations from 1987 through 1994.
The 1989 theme, “Dancing Through the Decades,” was showcased as the board of directors entertained the audience with a choreographed adaptation to the Evolution of Dance.
The second decade in review, 1995 through 2004, opened with”Diamond Reflections.” The past kings, queens and ball captains dazzled as they paraded the ballroom in their themed costume ensembles.
The third decade celebrated 2005 with 20 years of Platinum Performances.
The 2005-2015 decade looked back at some of the most memorable past entertainment groups. From 2007 “Comic Book Adventures,” the dueling duo of Batman and Cat Woman revamped one of their crime-fighting scenes. From the 2006 theme “Vegas Lights – Vegas Nights,” the Famous Rat Pack, portrayed by Johnny Grimmett as Dean Martin, Jimmy Hebert as Sammy Davis Jr., Todd Cooper as Frank Sinatra and Derek Overstreet as Peter Lawford, sang a rendition of their Vegas nightclub act. 2009’s “A Night at the Oscars” reflected on a performance by Rachel Gruner from the hit musical “Chicago.”
Munn concluded the tableau with a formal toast to honor all LLBTR royalty. Following the tableau the guests danced and were entertained by The Chase Tyler Band.
Organizing the krewe’s tableau were Peggy Hebert, director, music and choreography; Rhonda Gerald, photographer; Jacob Heinz, audio; Hayes Taylor, lighting director; Pam O’Neil, program designer; Rick Richards, videography; Tracy Carroll, Melanie Sullivan, Pat Sullivan, Lisa Munn, Kim Overstreet, Margaret Scroggs, Sheila Dunigan and Pam O’Neil, ballroom scenery and stage craftsmen.
LLBTR Board of Directors are President Lisa Munn, Secretary Melanie Sullivan and Kim Overstreet, Treasurer Barbara Mier, past President Chrisy Wilbert, President-elect Jim DeFranceschi, Leona Benoit, Tracy Carroll, Johnny Grimmett, Peggy Hebert, Cliff Murphy, Pam O’Neil and Margaret Scroggs.