The Krewe of Desk & Derrick celebrated Louisiana’s status as Hollywood of the South at its 55th annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball, “Lights, Camera, Action!,” Jan. 30 at the American Legion Hall on Wooddale. Reigning over the festivities were Queen Blythe Lamonica, of Solutions Through Science, and King Timothy Evans, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Welcoming guests was ball Co-chairwoman Dee Fellows. Krewe President Angie Corvers introduced the evening’s master of ceremonies, Todd Henry, of Playmakers of Baton Rouge. Ball Captain and Co-chairwoman Cherri Kinsey made her entrance to a medley of songs from the evening’s featured movies and TV shows as a “preview of coming attractions.”
First to be introduced were last year’s king and queen, Joe Dimon and Connie Fabré. They were followed by this year’s royal court.
Jan Sauls represented the South Louisiana reality TV show “Swamp People.” She was escorted by husband Steve Sauls, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Emily Nevarez represented the sentimental movie classic “Steel Magnolias,” which was shot in Natchitoches. She was escorted by Rusty McQueen, of Georgia Pacific.
Lisa McCoy represented the new hit TV show “NCIS: New Orleans.” She was escorted by Darryl LeJeune with the Turner Industries Group.
Katharine Kirby depicted “The Twilight Saga — Breaking Dawn” series, the popular vampire movies filmed at Baton Rouge’s Celtic Media Center. She was escorted by Morgan Wampold with the Grow Louisiana Coalition.
Katy Dix portrayed the hit TV reality show “Duck Dynasty,” filmed in West Monroe. She was escorted by Bobby Lamb, of The Advocate.
Pamela Alonso represented the movie musical “Pitch Perfect,” filmed in Baton Rouge. She was escorted by Timothy Crockett, of ExxonMobil Chemical Co.
Last to make their entrance were the king and queen. Pages to the king were Davis, Sam Henry and Luke Lamonica. Handmaidens to the queen were Emma, Sara and Allie Authement.
After toasting the queen, the entire court promenaded around the floor tossing beads to guests before joining in the traditional second line.