“Oh! My Hero!” was the theme for the Krewe of Lyonnesse 20th annual Mardi Gras ball Jan.e 28 at the Capital Atrium of the Belle of Baton Rouge.
King Lyonnesse XX Daniel Joseph Shapiro Jr., of Houston, Texas, and Queen Lyonnesse XX Abby Frances Blaize reigned over the festivities. President Molly Kimble welcomed members and guests to the Royal Hall of Lyonnesse. Ball Captain Miranda Papizan introduced the mistress and master of ceremonies, Hayley Westphal and Grayson Papizan, and the invocation was delivered by William Broussard Blaize, godfather and uncle of the queen.
The queen is the daughter of Marci Landry Blaize and Charles Gary Blaize Jr. She is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s Academy and is the granddaughter of Joy Hammett; Betty Blaize; Davis and Ann Landry, of Newark, Delaware, and the late Charles Gary Blaize.
The king is the son of Sauzaune Aimee Smythe Shapiro and Daniel Joseph Shapiro, of Houston, Texas, and is a sophomore at Houston Christian High School. He is the grandson of Celesta June Smythe and Brenda and Nicholas Romero and the late Michael J. Shapiro and Thomas L. Smythe.
Royal attendants were Duchess Cecile Sophia Johnson Taylor, Princess Sophia Catherine Shapiro, Princess Marguerite Ann Uzee, Prince Michael Maxwell Kimble, Baron Adam Rodney Tessmer and Baron Jerry Byron “Beau” Willis III.
Returning as the 2016 royal court were King Donovan Bailey and Queen Riana Gaudet, Princess Abby Marx and Duke Solomon Riley. Queen Lyonnesse XVIII Hannah Papizan served as medallion presenter.
In the tableau were: Sports Heroes — Princes Willie Johnson, John Caleb Johnson, Joshua Tucker, Lane Mendoza, Luke Mendoza, Asher Marx and Ethan Marx, Princess Ainsley Johnson and Baroness Amelia Johnson; Hollywood Heroes — Baronesses MacKenzie Delaune and Cooper Willis, Duke Connor Cook, Princesses Audrey Avery, Nora Costello, Josie Costello, Elizabeth Odeh, Kiersten Popillion and Laura Tucker, Princes Aiden Anderson, Jonah Anderson, Locke Brackin, Marshall Elliott and Risley Elliott; Art, Music and Historical Heroes — Baroness Ann Malloy Kimble, Duchess Ashley Mendoza, Dukes James Van Hook and Ben Papizan, Princesses Maya Breland, Clara Mendoza, Sylvie Sausse and Olivia Van Hook; Community Heroes — Baronesses Amelia Pleasant and Savannah Taylor, Barons William Kessler and Clay Taylor, Princess Elizabeth Kessler, Princes Cohen Brown and Warren Pleasant; Lyonnesse Revelers — Past Queen Hannah Papizan, Duchesses Virginia Truxillo, Camille Taylor and Caroline Taylor, Baronesses Simone Riley and Caroline Uzee, Princess Avery Blaize and past King Samuel Shapiro.
The krewe also recognized this year’s graduating seniors, Queen Lyonnesse XVIII Hannah Papizan, Duchess Virginia Truxillo and Baroness Caroline Taylor.
The mission of the Krewe of Lyonnesse is to celebrate the family, while enjoying southern Louisiana tradition of Mardi Gras. Lyonnesse members are youngsters age 3 through high school, who take part in its ball processional and ride in the Southdowns Parade. In addition, the krewe members participate in community service activities and present an annual tableau for the residents of Williamsburg Senior Living Center. Founded in 1996, it takes its name from the tale of Lyonnesse in the legends of King Arthur.