"Signs of the Times" was the theme as the Mystic Krewe of Desk and Derrick presented its 56th annual Industry Appreciation Mardi Gras Ball Jan. 21 at the American Legion Hall.
Queen Sonya Ryder, of ExxonMobil Refining & Supply, and King Johnny Ahysen, of WAFB-TV, reigned over the gala, which took a nostalgic trip along the highways of old to showcase service station signs of the past. The Wooddale Boulevard hall was decorated with pictures of oil company signs and two large lighted oil derricks. Burma Shave quotes and replicas of old oil cans decorated the tables along with miniature gasoline pumps.
Handmaiden to the queen was Mia Melancon, and page to the king was Zach Chaney.
Ball co-chairwomen Linda Gray and Lisa McCoy welcomed the evening’s guests, and President Lois Folse introduced master of ceremonies Graham Ulkins, of WAFB.
The tableau began with the presentation of 2016 royalty, Queen Blythe Lamonica and King Timothy Evans. Ball Captain Dee Fellows made her entrance representing a Stroll Down Memory Lane. Maids and dukes were then introduced.
Margueritte Hutchinson represented the classic oval Esso sign and was escorted by husband Brett Hutchinson, of Petro-Chem Services. Jamie Allen represented the yellow shell-shaped Shell sign and was escorted by Kory Melancon, of the LSU Police Department. Portraying the Sinclair sign with its Dino Dinosaur logo was Cindy Wilson escorted by Stephen Albin, of Shell Oil.
Kellie Guy depicted the Texaco Star sign accompanied by Jarrett Huff, of the Central Fire District. Charlene Montelaro portrayed the green three-leaf clover of the Shamrock sign and was escorted by Cody Jokinen, of After Five Formal Wear. Whitney Crocket represented the flying red horse of the Mobilgas sign and was escorted by Paul McCoy, of Real Motion.
After a toast to the queen, the entire court promenaded around the floor to the Second Line.
Following the tableau, members and guests danced to the music of the Konspiracy Band with Don Jared.