In an elaborate setting of regal splendor, the Krewe of Okeanos presented a glittering coronation pageant of Carnival revelry last weekend on the occasion of the organization’s 67th anniversary.
The Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel was the setting transformed into a purple, green and gold fantasyland that served as the throne room for the bal masque.
The tableau was titled “Okeanos Puts on a Fright.” As is their Carnival tradition, the identity of the queen was unknown until the night of the ball. Amid the festive colors, the six Okeanos maids, dressed in white evening dresses, were escorted to their respective dukes by officers of the krewe.
Each maid was emblematic of the theme, representing subjects that are considered spooky or frightful. These included a graveyard, a raven, a spider, a black cat and Maleficent, the evil queen from “Sleeping Beauty.”
The royal maids of court were Misses Alaine Marie Chifici, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chifici; Abigail Elizabeth and Caroline Marie Douglass, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Douglass; Allison Rose Junca, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Errol Junca; Caroline Ann Lundgren, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Stephen Lundgren Jr.; and Marley Jane Straubmueller, daughter of Mr. Dow Straubmueller and the late Mrs. Beth Straubmueller.
After all the maids had entered the ballroom, they were each instructed, one at a time and in a predetermined order by lot, to select one identically wrapped box from atop a table. Wrapped in vibrant gold foil and festooned with a golden bow, each box held a bouquet of red roses, with one covered in golden silk damask.
Earlier, the float lieutenants had arrived in bright outfits of purple, green and gold trimmed in gold and festooned with attractive plumage that complemented their costuming. They announced the appearance of the captain, who arrived in a silver brocade costume bedecked with a collar of imported Austrian crystals and a silver headdress with white plumed ostrich feathers.
At the captain’s order, the maids uncovered their roses.
Except for one bouquet, which held a single golden-yellow rose, all of the uncovered roses were red.
Because she had picked the bouquet with the single yellow rose, Miss Junca was selected to serve as the 2016 queen of Okeanos. She was immediately and regally crowned, establishing her yearlong reign over the krewe.
She was then joined on the elaborate stage by the king of Okeanos, who entered the ballroom wearing a costume of imported French white silk trimmed in gold, attended by his royal pages.
Both the king and queen wore trains trimmed in white fur bearing the crest of the krewe. Their majesties wore intricately crafted silver crowns and held scepters featuring sparkling imported Austrian crystals, indicative of their rule over the ball.
Junior maids to the royal court were Misses Allison Bethany Anger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Anger; Kai Marie Frawley, daughter of Cmdr. and Mrs. Michael Frawley; and Katherine Ann Koppens, daughter of Ms. Jennie Sciarrotta and the late Mr. Kirk Koppens. They were attired in white evening gowns and escorted into the ballroom by the junior dukes.
Junior dukes to the royal court were Masters Tytan Andrew Frawley, son of Cmdr. and Mrs. Frawley; Trey John Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smith of Round Rock, Texas; and Zachary James Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lionel J. Smith Jr.
Ladies-in-waiting to her majesty were Misses Hannah Isabella Catsulis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Catsulis Jr. of Reddick, Fla.; Olivia Lucia Miceli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Miceli; and Allison Ann Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Jr. They were attired in white evening gowns.
Royal pages to his majesty, attired in white with gold trim, were Masters Matthew Berthelot, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chad Berthelot; George Maestri Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Martin; and Pharoah Anthony Saldana, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mario Saldana.
Music accompanying the tableaux was provided by Smasonics, while Flip Side provided entertainment after the tableaux for general dancing.
General chairmen of the coronation ball were Messrs. Lionel J. Smith Sr. and Jr.
Vice-chairmen of the ball were Messrs. Stewart R. Barnett Jr.; Steve Campo, president; Robert R. Carreras; Catsulis; Peter Dougherty; Daniel E. Jones; Michael J. O’Shello; Straubmueller; and Baldo J. Mannino, captain emeritus.
Members of the committee were Messrs. Troy A. Buttone, Eugene Fischer Jr., Matthew Hedrick and Jake Romano.