Caribbean Island music, colorful flower necklaces and swaying palm trees set the mood for the 31st annual Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler’s “Island Paradise” Mardi Gras gala at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium Jan. 16.
Master of ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Jimmy Hebert as “The Beachcomber, Joly Mon.”
Reigning over the Jimmy Buffett-themed party as King LLBTR XXXI was Pat Sullivan, who portrayed the singer/song writer attired to represent one of Buffet’s biggest hits, “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Reigning as the “Queen of Margaritaville” was Melanie Sullivan, who’s ensemble reminded guests that’s its always “5 O’Clock Somewhere.”
Presiding over the tableau was ball Captain Margaret Scroggs, who represented “Flip Flops, Sunshine and Beach Balls.” She was followed by Leona Benoit, who was introduced as the original “Parrothead.”
A “Fin’s” feeding frenzy was lead by Dr. Blair Wilbert, who represented “A Hammer Head Shark.”
The audience was surrounded by “fins to the left and fins to the right” as he went swimming with his other finned buddies — a tiger shark, nurse shark, great white shark and bull shark.
Next was a dance performance by “The Marley Men” — Johnny Grimmett, Clif Murphy, Jimmy DeFranceschi, Tommy Benoit and Matt Sullivan — who engaged the audience and performed to a medley of reggae songs, including “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
This was followed by the board of directors fun-filled rendition of “Jump in the Conga Line,” which included President DeFranceschi, President-elect Murphy, Secretary Melanie Sullivan, Treasurer Benoit and members Grimmett, Peggy Hebert, Barbara Mier, Pam O’Neil, Margart Scroggs and Chrisy Wilbert.
The tableau concluded with a royal toast, member call-out and second-line dance. Music for dancing was by the band At Fault.
Peggy Hebert served as tableau director and choreolgrapher and assisted with costume design and execution.
Also working on costume design and execution were O’Neil, Benoit, Scroggs, Melanie Sullivan and LaDawn Jones. On’Neil was in charge of program design.
The Belle of Baton Rouge was in charge of catering and lighting and sound.