“It’s Always a Party with Artemis,” especially for the krewe’s 14th annual Mardi Gras Soirée on Jan. 17 at the Baton Rouge River Center Ballroom.
Reigning over the festivities were Queen Artemis XIV Cheryl Avegno Callerame and her husband, King Dr. Kevin Joseph Callerame. The royal couple made their entrance to the krewe’s traditional “Memories” and “Man of La Mancha,” respectively.
Krewe Captain Joanne Harvey made her entrance to “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Her whistle exchange called the ball to order and the procession of past kings and queens to “76 Trombones” kicked off the tableau.
Royal pages to the queen were Penelope Green James, daughter of Courtney and Dr. Luke James of Durham, North Carolina, and Avery Adair Kyle, daughter of Sharon and Ronnie Kyle. Representing a birthday party, the pages entered to the Beatles’ “Today is Your Birthday.”
Royal pages to the king were Connor Blake Allgood, son of Page and Marc Breecher and Ben and Candace Allgood, and Sean Michael Perret, son of Amy and Kris Perret.
Royal Maid Courtland Elizabeth Langley, daughter of Susan and Brent Langley, represented a Mardi Gras party.
She entered to Professor Longhair’s “Go to the Mardi Gras.”
Royal Maid Devyn Lindsey MacDonald, daughter of Andrea and Carlo MacDonald, represented a Halloween party. She entered to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
They were escorted by royal Dukes Keaton Paul Koch, son of Stacy and Don Koch, and Shane Christian Tipton Martin, son of Dr. Melanie McKnight.
Representing a Winter Solstice Party were Princesses Alexa Marie Garcia, daughter of Leigh and Richard Zimmerman and William Garcia, and Alexis Aline Harvey, daughter of Joanne and Charles Harvey. They promenaded to “Let it Go” by Idina Menzel. They were escorted by junior Dukes Brandon Michael Allgood, son of Page and Marc Breecher and Ben and Candace Allgood, and Ryan Andrew Perret, son of Amy and Kris Perret.
The royal court was followed by the krewe officers: President Toni Chenevert, Marie Esquivel, Michelle Ingram and Edith Rahm. They entered to the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited.” Last to make an entrance were the krewe’s float lieutenants.
The senior court ensembles were designed by Carter Church; the junior court costumes were executed by Karen Massett, of Masquerade Costumes of New Orleans.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Steve Backstrom and entertainment was provided by Blue Eyed Soul Review.
The Krewe of Artemis parades through the streets of downtown Baton Rouge at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 with 18 New Orleans’ style floats and over 20 bands and marching groups.