Last evening, the Caliphs of Cairo staged their annual bal masque in the royal tent at the New Orleans Country Club. Guests were summoned to the court of Ivan IV Vasilyevich, known as “Ivan the Terrible,” as he was named “Tsar of All the Russias” in 1564. The invitation artwork depicted Ivan before his greatest contribution to the arts, architecture and the Russian Orthodox Church: the onion-domed St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. The artwork also appeared on the evening’s program and the krewe’s favor was the cathedral rendered into a brooch.
The ballroom was transformed into Ivan’s palace, as the Boyars and Orthodox clergy convinced Ivan to return to the throne after his abdication, granting him absolute power over the nation. The Caliphs acknowledged the absolute power of their monarch, although unlike his namesake, he ruled benevolently over his subjects.
Reigning as queen was Miss Mary Callaghan Rome, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Perrin Rome III.
Maids in the court were Misses Alexandra Elizabeth Cimini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Vaughn Cimini; Emily McConnon Dunlap, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bettes Dunlap III; Anna Lee Gordon, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Robert Gordon of Houston; Sarah Ehret Martin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Joseph Martin III; Reilly Pringle Rendeiro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gino John Rendeiro; Conlan Siobhan Rome, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stuart Rome; and Grace Foley Williamson, daughter of Mr. Stephen Lynn Williamson and Ms. Lynn Luker.
Ladies-in-waiting to their majesties were Misses Bryce Reyne Arata, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Blake George Arata Jr.; Camille Bettes Dunlap, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap III; Helena Odinet Koclanes, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Peter Koclanes Jr.; Sophia Elizabeth Lorusso, daughter of State Rep. and Mrs. Nicholas Joseph Lorusso; Elizabeth Lynn Lunn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Wilburn Lunn; Morgan Elizabeth Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harvel Martin; Adelayde Grace Rome, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rome III; and Emery Alexandra Rome, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rome.
Princesses in the court were Misses Mary Ellen Catherine Edwards, granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Warren Hull; Molly McKay Coman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McKay Coman; Ellen Marie Hailey, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Hailey Jr.; and Mary Aliene Lunn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lunn.
Pages to their majesties were Masters Charles Bennette Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Martin; David Marshall Labadie, son of Dr. and Mrs. Pablo Juan Labadie; and Jean Paul Stouse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jean Paul Stouse.
Following the presentation of the court, the 2015 queen, Miss Emily Elizabeth Tastet, received a bouquet of long stemmed red roses from the king.
Mrs. Keith Cooper Marshall, who reigned as Mildred Porteous Ball when she was queen in 1966 and the Caliphs’ theme was “Corrida de Toros,” was presented to their majesties and received a bouquet of long-stemmed yellow roses from the king.
Mr. Charles Tusa Walsten served as general chairman of the ball. Mr. Arthur Seldon Mann III served as chairman of the court committee, assisted by vice chairmen Messrs. Donald Gilbert Charbonnet, Graham Mears Ralston and Stephen Henry Schonberg. Mr. Bret Alden Clesi served as chairman of the reception committee, assisted by vice chairmen Messrs. Thomas Joseph Mitchell, James Ted Rogers III and John Charles Saunders Jr. Dr. Jerry Joseph St. Pierre served as chairman of the floor committee, assisted by vice chairmen Messrs. Kermit Louis Roux III and Jeremy Taylor Schreiber.
Following the ball, the queen’s breakfast was held at New Orleans Country Club. Music was provided by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.