As guests of the Krewe of Pontchartrain entered the grand ballroom of the Chateau Golf and Country Club on Thursday evening, they were greeted with a spectacular Mardi Gras setting and entertainment for the 40th anniversary Jeudi Gras celebration and coronation ball.
After the playing of the national anthem, the tableau began with the introduction of honored guests and past royalty. The officers and float lieutenants were then introduced by naming their representative parade float.
Then the founder and captain of the krewe made his appearance.
Senior maids of the 2015 court, each carrying red roses and escorted to the dais by officers of the club, were Misses Sydney Jane Cholmondeley, stepdaughter of Mr. Milton T. Mendenhall and Ms. Kimberly Michelle Humphrey; Ashley Noel Enterante, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Louis Enterante III; Katherine Marie and Kelly Morgan Fields, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Robert Fields; Olivia Annabelle Kilpatrick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Roger Kilpatrick lll; Catherine Beverly Santos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kern Santos; Kelly Anne Sloan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Edward Sloan; and Ty’Nyria Juanita Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N’Gai Tawa Smith.
The junior maids of the court, each carrying a Mardi Gras-colored nosegay, were introduced and escorted to the dais by members of the organization, including Misses Megan Celeste Dubuc, daughter of Mr. Steve John Dubuc and Mrs. Amy Kate Scandaliato; Emma Winn Freeman, daughter of Mr. Charles Edward David Freeman and Mrs. Dana Hampton Smethennan; Vivian Ashley LaCerda, daughter of Mr. Robert Adrian LaCerda and Mrs. Lauren LaCerda Merten; Eve Elise Roethele, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James David Roethele; and Celeste Patricia Scandaliato, daughter of Mr. Samuel Thomas Scandaliato and Mrs. Melissa Irene Naquin.
After presentation of the maids, King Pontchartrain XL, Mr. Brent James Laliberte, husband of Mrs. Katherine Kraus Laliberte, was escorted into the ballroom.
Reigning over the festivities as Queen Pontchartrain XL was Miss Amanda Marie Laliberte, daughter of his majesty and Mrs. Laliberte.
The king, dressed in white formal attire, was presented his royal goblet and crown by officers of the club.
The queen, wearing the official Silver Grouper necklace, wore a strapless trumpet-style gown with a sweetheart neckline and a chapel train. The intricate white lace gown was embellished with white pearls and crystals.
The queen then received her royal flowered scepter, adorned with a gold rose, from the captain.
After receiving their gifts, their majesties saluted the ballroom guests. The captain then gave the signal for the royal promenade to begin. The court circled the ballroom floor to the music “If Ever I Ceased To Love.”
In keeping with a Pontchartrain tradition, the queen was given a second-line white umbrella and led the krewe and guests in a parade to conclude the tableau.
Music, dancing and entertainment by Jubilation continued until midnight.
General chairman of the ball was Mr. John Tessitore, and vice chairmen were Messrs. Jack Rizzuto, Michael Haydel, Edwin Muniz, Dr. David Mulnick and Pendleton Larsen.
Master of ceremony was Mr. Alden Hargardorn.