Mithras, the mighty god of the sun and ruler of priests of high degree, laid aside the cares of state to spend one night in revelry when the High Priests of Mithras celebrated their 118th annual Carnival entertainment Friday at La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The High Priests celebrated the comedies and genius of the bard of Stratford, William Shakespeare, and the glories of the Elizabethan Age.
Reigning over the festivities was Miss Leah Katherine Whann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Whann IV.
Maids of her majesty’s court were Misses Catherine Crawford Adams, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Roland Adams III and stepdaughter and daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joshua Edward Lowentritt; Sarah Kent Agnew, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank de la Houssaye Agnew, Ella de los Reyes Baus, daughter of Mr. Mort Walker Baus and Mrs. Donna W. Baus; Evelyn Burkenroad Bories, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alan Bories; Grace Catherine Mallette Cary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rives Cary III; Elizabeth Adams Chaffe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bryan McIver Chaffe; Claire Marie Clay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George William Clay; Allie McCabe Crane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Morell Spencer Crane Jr.; Ellen Claverie Curry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Christopher Curry; Elizabeth Ashland Hines daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hugh Hines; Avery Campbell Hinrichs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Turner Hinrichs; and Carolyn Wood Holtzman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Louis Holtzman.
Also on the court were Misses Kaitlin Peters and Meghan Kammer Kehoe, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Roth Kehoe; Laura Elizabeth LeBlanc, daughter of Mr. Joseph Dwight LeBlanc III and Ms. Jill Traylor LeBlanc; Emory Lafaye Lopiccolo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Joseph Lopiccolo III; Hannah Elizabeth McIntyre, daughter of Mr. William Lawrence McIntyre II and the late Mrs. Beth McIntyre; Jamie Favre Pellerin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Willis Pellerin; Caroline Adams Pitts, daughter of Mr. William Rodgers Pitts and Ms. Susan Weeks; Kelly Wright Swanson, daughter of Mr. James Richard Swanson and Ms. Marianne Rapier Swanson; Daisy Whitfield VanDenburgh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Meriwether VanDenburgh; and Nicole Elizabeth Weinmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert St. George Tucker Weinmann.
Pages for the evening were Masters William Ryan Lafaye, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan Lafaye; Jonathan Tujague Robert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan E. Robert; John Kearney Nieset Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Nieset; and Marshall Gardiner Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Nicholson Green.
Mithras expanded its home-grown Honor Guard this year with the inaugural attachment of their junior Honor Guard members, including Masters Philip Nalty Hodges Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodges; Lawrence Noel Johnson III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Jr.; Michael Haydel Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Evans Schmidt; and Patrick Henican Silvia, son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles P. Silvia.
In addition to the Stars and Stripes, the Louisiana and Mithras flags, several flags of historical significance were presented.