The Krewe of Iris presented its annual Carnival ball Friday in the Hall of the Pontchartrain Center with the appropriate theme “Iris Loves to Party.”
Named for the goddess of the rainbow, the krewe was organized in 1917, making it the oldest continuing ladies’ krewe in the New Orleans area.
In the tableau, groups of krewe members portrayed various parties, including Christmas, prom, sorority party, Cinco de Mayo, tea party, crawfish party, birthday party, garden party, Halloween party, pizza party, Oscar party, baby shower, bridal shower, masquerade party, luau, Fourth of July party and New Year’s Eve party.
At the conclusion of the ball, members of the court unmasked to reveal their identities.
The maids of the royal court and their themes were Mrs. Joy Bailey Starr, Chinese New Year; Ms. Ashley Marie-Nicole Rodrigue, Halloween; Mrs. Elizabeth Mercer, Cinco de Mayo; Ms. Eileen Mary Hodgins, beach party; Mrs. Kay S. Oplinger, crawfish boil; and Mrs. Denise Gelpi Ragan, Oscars.
Dukes of the royal court wore costumes and headpieces matching those worn by their respective maids. Dukes were Messrs. Michael John Starr, Dennis Frantz, David Mercer, Stephen G. Algero Sr., Robert L. Oplinger and Ralph V. Pausina.
Reigning as queen of Iris was Mrs. Rhonda Pausina Eckholdt. Her majesty’s gown of gold embroidered French lace featured a design of small flowers and swirls over gold lamé, a sweetheart neckline and a bodice heavily encrusted with rhinestone appliqués. The dress was fitted to the knee, flaring into a full skirt with a scalloped hemline accented with rhinestones that flowed into a formal court train. Drapes of beaded gold and pearl fringe gently cascaded over the queen’s shoulders. The entire dress was embellished with glittering rhinestones. Her traditional gold Medici collar was covered in the same lace as that of her gown and lavishly accented with rhinestones. The queen’s gold crown and scepter were designed with shimmering rhinestones. Her mantle of embossed blue lamé was bordered in white fur accented with black ermine tails and had as its center motif a large crown atop a gold-sequined Iris crest outlined with gold leaves.
Reigning as his majesty, king of Iris, was Mr. John L. Eckholdt. He was costumed in a traditional tunic styled in matching fabric and jeweled in design to coordinate with the queen’s gown. His large collar, regal mantle, and scepter matched those of her majesty. His traditional crown, designed in gold and rhinestones, completed his attire.
Pages to her majesty were Misses Janelle Marie Bules, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd W. Bules; and Avram Michelle Denaburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Damon Denaburg.
Pages to his majesty were Masters Joseph Parks Evans, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Evans Jr.; and Roch Michael Ragan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rickie J. Ragan.
Ladies-in-waiting to her majesty were Misses Eleanore Elizabeth Adler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mickal Adler; Abigail Laney Brady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton F. Brady and the late Mrs. Neely Henry Brady; Bailey Patricia and Riley Kate Danflous, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Danflous; Gigi Elizabeth and Julia Paige Eckholdt, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Eckholdt; Sarah McCormick Haga, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Haga; Reily Adair Hamilton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Arthur Hamilton Jr.; Amelie Elaine Hebert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Hebert III; and Katherine Ellen Kane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Kane.
Junior maids were Misses Rachel Marissa Bowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Bowers; Akira Leigh Chouest Crosby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jace Crosby; Jordan Nicole Eppley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Eppley; Caroline Elizabeth Haga, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haga; Hannah Clare Hayden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Hayden Sr.; Emma Coogan Hodgins, daughter of Ms. Eileen M. Hodgins; Mary Elizabeth Mentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mentz Jr.; Annebel Leigh Roberson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Roberson; and Alexus Orian Singley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Singley.
Attendants to their majesties were Masters Christian Michael and Conlan Baldo Pausina, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Randall B. Pausina.
The captain made a dramatic entrance in a form-fitting strapless gown with extended court train covered in luminous petite flat sequins ranging in color from a deep sea blue to a rich forest green. Round glass mirror accents in various diameters, trimmed in varying shades of blue and green faceted strung sequins, were used to fashion a bib collar and scattered around the hem of the dress and train. Her headpiece featured a mirrored starburst back piece surrounding and highlighting a smaller spray of the mirror elements on the headpiece, complemented the color-matching lustrous wig. Her ensemble was completed with green satin opera gloves adorned with sequin and glass mirror accents and the Iris captain’s large trademark fan.
The captain emeritus wore a long-sleeved Dupioni silk gown in teal featuring a lace overlay bodice and v-neck, outlined in strip stones. The skirt was adorned with rhinestones and sequin appliqués. A rhinestone tiara completed her attire.
The officers wore teal taffeta floor-length dresses in varying styles. Silver rhinestone tiaras completed their ensemble.
Mr. William L. Danflous Sr. served as general chairman of the ball, with Mr. Pendleton W. Larsen Jr. serving as honorary general chairman and Mr. John C. Oswald Jr. serving as general chairman emeritus. Committee chairmen included Messrs. Edmond J. Muniz and Michael Yenni, court; John G. Bruno and Carroll P. Trosclair, floor; Baptiste H. DeBroy and Nicholas J. Beninate Jr., reception; and Wayne M. Lee and Michael Haydel, honorary.
Mr. John F. Meyer Jr. served as aide to the captain.
Immediately following the ball, a supper dance was held in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Hilton Hotel.