The Krewe of Attakapas, the first women’s carnival krewe in Lafayette, held its 49th annual carnival ball, “Sign of the Spirited Dancer,” Saturday, Feb. 4, at Frem Boustany Convention Center.

Headed by its captain, Cahoula, who represented War Dancer, the ball was an evening of celebration and entertainment by its muse, Laughing Water, who represented the Honey Bee.

Reigning over the festivities were Queen Karakondye XLIX and King Lacassine XLIX, Noble Chieftain of the Attakapas, Dr. Brian Carl Barnes.

Barnes is a member, former float rider and past royal duke of krewes of Gabriel Troubadours and was a royal duke of Attakapas. He is married to the former Helen Onebane Mendell.

Six noble warriors escorted the Daughters of the Attakapas, each of whom portrayed a Sign of the Spirited Dancer.

David Scott Baker, endowed professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Horse Dancer.

Matthew André Breaux, managing director of Evangeline Securities, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Sun Dancer.

William Hunter Lemoine Kaufman, attorney and partner with Ottinger Hebert, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Butterfly Dancer.

Joe Read Lee Jr., North America business development manager of Knight Oil Tools, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Eagle Dancer.

Frank Beaullieu Randol II, pilot for Delmar Systems, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Harvest Dancer.

Mark Edward Stipe, attorney and general counsel for Gibson Energy, escorted the Daughter of the Attakapas representing the Bison Dancer.