"Seventy-six Trombones" erupted through the Raising Cane’s River Center Ballroom on Jan. 13, opening the 17th annual Krewe of Artemis Mardi Gras soirée, "Artemis Goes Back in Time," and bringing out a parade of former queens and kings. Leading the way was krewe Captain Joanne Harvey.
Reigning over this year's festivities were Queen Artemis XVII Stephanie Possa, a senior associate at Tyler & Possa law firm, and King Don Bergeron, chef and owner of Bergeron’s City Market.
Shadowing the queen was daughter Ana Lucia Delgado, also the daughter of John Delgado. Serving as pages to the queen were Abigail Leigh Viator, daughter of Kelly and Kyle Viator; and Mary Addison Walsh, daughter of Sarah and Matt Walsh. They represented the "Antebellum Age."
Royal maids were Ella Renée Clark, daughter of Lisa and Will Clark, representing the "Magnificent Ming Dynasty"; and Whitney Katherine Hamilton, daughter of Tracy and Chad Hamilton, representing the "Exotic Egyptian Era."
Attending the king was Page Madden Maxwell Sellers, son of Alletia and Max Sellers. Royal dukes were Benton James McClendon Davis, son of Leigh and James Davis; and Brooks Dalton Major, son of Beverly and Corky Thompson and Patricia and Chad Major.
Members of the Junior Court included Princesses Ryann Katherine Johnson, daughter of Lucinda and Shane Johnson, and Margaret Emily Viator, daughter of Kelly and Kyle Viator, representing "Native American History"; and Cade Michael Johnson and Reece Kale Johnson, sons of Lucinda and Shane Johnson.
The grand march of the Artemis float lieutenants followed, providing a sneak peek of the krewe's Feb. 2 parade, which rolls through downtown at 7 p.m. with 18 New Orleans-style floats and more than 20 bands and marching groups.
WBRZ chief investigative reporter Chris Nakamoto was master of ceremonies for the evening. Krewe officers are Katie Braun, Toni Chenevert, Leigh Holdiness Davis, Susan Langley and Edith Rahm.