The Krewe of Centurions held its Celebration XXXVII last evening in the Grand Ballroom of the New Orleans Marriott.
The theme for the ball and parade for 2016 is “Come to the Mardi Gras!”
Reigning as Queen Centurion XXXVII was Miss Emma Louise Parish of Houston, daughter of Brady and Natalie Parish, and granddaughter of Sandra and the late Allen Deffner.
Reigning as King Centurion XXXVII was Mr. Edward Andrew Hilderbrand.
The queen wore a white sheath peau de soie gown, accented in silver with Austrian rhinestones and stones, and accented with imported silver and lace appliques, with a white plumed collar of peau de soie petals trimmed in rhinestones with silver sequins and appliques. Her train of white velvet had as its central motif the Centurion crest. Her majesty’s crown of Austrian rhinestones set in silver and silver and rhinestone scepter completed her attire.
The king wore a traditional tunic-style costume of white peau de soie which was heavily encrusted with Austrian stones and rhinestones. His tunic was accented with silver and Austrian stones, rhinestones and appliques. The motif and color of his collar and mantle matched those of the queen. His royal regalia included a rhinestone and silver crown and scepter.
Maids to the royal court, representing the theme of “Come to the Mardi Gras!” were Misses Stephanie Maria Accardo, daughter of Jay and Darlene Accardo, depicting “Bands”; Elizabeth Brooke Fendley, daughter of Michael and Susan Fendley, depicting “Second Line and King Cake”; Logan Flory Hess, granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Courtney C. Busch, depicting “Flambeaux”; and Brooke Marie Tupper, daughter of Scott and Dawn Tupper, depicting “Carnival Throws.”
Dukes to the royal court were Messrs. Troy Campise and John Skaggs.
Pages to the king and queen were Misses Sophia Marie Edwards, daughter of Tim and Cari Edwards; Carolina Joy Roberts, daughter of Jeff and Christen Roberts; Raelyn Catherine Doubleday, daughter of Steve and Catherine Doubleday; and Master Luke Timothy Ammons, son of Timothy and Amber Ammons.
Ladies-in-waiting were Misses Lily Isabella Bourgeois, daughter of Norman and Mary Bourgeois III; Augusta Rhiannon and Rowan Yrle Fryou, daughters of Ron and Angel Fryou; Kelly Marie Laines, daughter of Hector and Michelle Laines; and Hannah Lea, daughter of Steven and Leanne Lea.
Junior dukes were Messrs. Dean Patrick Edwards, son of Tim and Cari Edwards; Cole Corona Gorman, son of James and Angela Gorman; Brady Raymond Meisner, son of Ernie and Jamie Meisner; and Brady Michael Smith, son of Kevin and Kristy Smith.
The tableau began with the playing of the National Anthem and the lighting of the Centurion Crest. The officers were then introduced. They wore traditional red velvet tunics, encrusted with rhinestones and copper and gold appliques. Gold Centurion helmets trimmed with red feathers completed their ensembles.
The captain entered and made several salutes to the guests. The captain wore a traditional black velvet tunic trimmed with metallic silver and encrusted with silver rhinestones and appliques. His helmet was encrusted with silver Austrian rhinestones and black feathers. A special salute was made by the captain to the honored guests at his table.
As a finale, the captain, officers, monarchs and members of the court of made their final salutes to the guests. The Archbishop Rummel High School Marching Band entertained the guests with a spirited march through the ballroom. The guests were also treated to a surprise special appearance of the world-renowned “610 Stompers.”
The master of ceremonies Mr. Michael H. Rasch and the general chairman Mr. Michael Bourgeois Sr. Court committeemen were Messrs. Val Pitre and Leonard Kinler. Floor committeemen were Messrs. Christopher Henderson, Ernest Meisner, Wayne Allain, Michael Bourgeois Jr., Joey Mercer and Herbert LeBlanc.
During dinner the guests were entertained with music by More Music and the Rummel Jazz Band. After the presentation of the tableau, Wes Raymond and the Soul Factory entertained.