The Krewe of Bonaparte held its 45th annual Le Bal Du Courennement on Monday, Feb. 27, in the Lafayette Cajundome Convention Center. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Bonaparte Rocks the Runway."
Napoleon XLI Anthony-Gene Sylvester Lognion and Empress Josephine XLI Julia Ayo Lognion ruled over this year’s festivities.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Color Guard presented the flag, while Kylie Frey sang "The Star-Spangled Banner." At the captain’s whistle, the krewe's crest was presented and the quest for “Joie De Vivre” began.
La Première of the Krewe, Kimberly Michelle Landry, was presented to the crowd. The past 40 years of former Napoleons and Josephines then made their entrance.
Marquise de Lafayette Denise Garon Giosa, the ball captain, strutted the runway as “Haute Couture,” accompanied by The Jazz Extension Dance Company as Vogue models.
Royal Maid Mia Bergeaux Robinson made her modeling debut as the Fashion Fetish Fantasy, escorted by Royal Duke Paul Anthony Prejean as Zoolander.
Royal Maid Mary Francis “Fi” Prejean Huggard debuted as Twiggy, with Royal Duke Brady Lee Bell as a hippie from the '70s.
Royal Maid Sharon Fisher O’Neill dressed more formally in her art-deco inspired Erté fashion, escorted by Royal Duke Patrick William Reagan Sr. as a Versace-clad model.
Royal Maid Colleen Guidry Ottinger rocked the runway as a Victoria's Secret Angel, with the "Devil wears Pleather" Royal Duke Robert Paul LeJeune as her escort.
After krewe declaration, Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association President Richard Dudley Chappuis III and his wife, Shana Fruge Chappuis, were presented. The maids and dukes of the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association were acknowledged.
King Gabriel LXXVIII Thomas Stuart Chance and Queen Evangeline LXXVIII Christine Elizabeth Beaullieu were then introduced. The heralds, Eleanor Rose Guidry and Grace Turner Trahan, appeared on the runway as Bonaparte’s Fashionistas where they strutted and tumbled to the thrones to deliver an invitation to the krewe’s royal rulers for Mardi Gras Day.
Bucktown All Stars of New Orleans provided music for the evening. Rebecca Landry directed the tableau. The stage and royal costumes were designed by Ted Viator and constructed by Viator and Associates Inc. and Mary Suzanne Lognion and Yvonne Lognion Normand.