Freezing temps tried to damper the 15th annual Laurel Street Palooza Jan. 9, but it takes more than an arctic blast to slow down the party scene here in the Capital City.
Laurel Street Palooza
Several hundred brave and heavily bundled souls turned out for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s street party, reigned over this year by Queen Ava Haym on and King Cornelius Lewis. Mayor Kip Holden, with help from lovely wife Lois, officially opened the celebration by presenting each with a proclamation making it their day throughout the East Baton Rouge Parish and, at the request of the queen, also proclaimed it Arts Day.
In keeping with tradition, Baton Rouge’s Flash Mob led and choreographed by Leonard Augustus, performed to “The Time Warp” to introduce the arrival of the royal couple. They arrived in fine style via a DeLorean complete with what appeared to be a “flux capacitor.”
Inside the Arts Council headquarters the Michael Foster Project and Kirk Holder had things hopping. Across the street in the atrium of the Chase Bank building Artemis, Righteous Buddah and Ben Bell entertained.
Providing yummies to keep us all warm were Ambrosia Bakery, Bistro Byronz, Blend, Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s, Camelot Club, Capital City Grill, City Gelato, Cou-Yon’s, Culinary Productions, Don Bergeron Enterprises, Jambalaya Shoppe, Jimmy John’s, Kona Grill, Lava Cantina, Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Grill, MJ’s Café, Mestizo, Schilttz & Giggles, VoDoo BBQ & Grill and Zea Rotisserie.
Beverages were complements of Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Bin 77, Black Castle, Calandro’s, Community Coffee, Huey’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Mockler Beverage Co., Paul Bologna Fine Wines and the Radio Bar.
Committee members included Ana Andricain, Kristi and David Aubrey, Augustus, Moffitt Aycock, Christy and Chad Bacas, Pedro Botello-Medreno, Dovie Brady, Mary Boston, Toni Brown, Rob Chidester, Ann Connelly, Julie Cornelius, Linda Dawkins, Yolanda Dison, Karen and Glen Duncan, Nancy Gaddy, Jonathan Grimes, Hillary Higgenbotham, Eric Holowacz, Lisa Ibert, Fairleigh Cook Jackson, Maureen Joyce, Karla King, Rose Landry, Bill Loveland, Robin McAndrew, Jessica Ottaviano, Sandy Dokka Parfait, Rodolfo Ramirez-Rodriguez, Malcolm Robinson, Kathy Scherer, La ura Teague and Betty Whitt.
Le Cercle de Bacchus
Fifteen young women were in the spotlight Jan. 3 as Le Cercle de Bacchus presented its 57th debutante coterie at the River Center.
Making their formal bow before family and friends were Catherine Morgan Bowie, daughter of Denise and Charles Bowie, escorted by Michael Murphy; Claire Elise Bradley, daughter of Tammy Brown Bradley and Paul and Ginger Bradley, escorted by Michael Bourgoyne; Krisann Ellen Chumney, daughter of Brenda and Craig Chumney, escorted by Adam Warren Vegas; Jordan Leigh Clegg, daughter of Cherie Morton and Robert Clegg, escorted by Archie Andrews; Katherine Anna Cook, daughter of Kathy and Tommy Cook, escorted by William Trist; Emily Elizabeth Donner, daughter of Nadine and Christopher Donner, escorted by Bruce Balius; Camille Aline Ehrhardt, daughter of Brenda and Duke Ehrhardt, escorted by Christopher Vaughn; and Rachel Alyse Fucich, daughter of Judy and Mark Fucich, escorted by John Cifreo.
Also, Erin Elizabeth Jewell, daughter of Mary and Stephen Jewell, escorted by John Paul Funes; Mary Katherine Karam, daughter of Amy and Hab Karam, escorted by George Busada; Savannah Ann Kelleher, daughter of Tracey and Patrick Kelleher, escorted by Chad David; Megan Marie Olinde, daughter of Janelle and Patrick Olinde, escorted by Brandon Chapman; Erin Deann Pesson, daughter of Lisa Bishop and Scott and Shannon Pesson, escorted by Robert Aguilar; Sally Louise Rousseau, daughter of Kay and Jules Rousseau, escorted by Milton J. Womack Jr.; and Nely Walker Ward, daughter of Noryn and Robert Ward, escorted by Aub Ward.
Cooper “Beau” Roberts Jr. served as ball chairman. His fellow officers are President Ryan Guerin, Vice President Norman “Trey” Bacon III, Treasurer Hunter Hall, Secretary Rob Landry and Sergeant-at-Arms Christian Walther.
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