The most awe-inspiring deities of Carnival history were recalled as the Krewe of Pygmalion presented the organization’s 16th annual bal masque last evening in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
Colorful costumes, lavish scenery and beautiful music highlighted the evening as the krewe delighted their guests with a pageant titled “The Gods of Carnival.”
Reigning as queen of the ball was Miss Makayla Lynn Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin F Wright Jr.
Reigning as King Pygmalion XVII was Mr. Michael Nicoll.
Maids in her majesty’s court were Misses Lydia Elise Linden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Linden; Lisa Marie LeBlanc, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne LeBlanc Sr.; Ashlyn Marie Croy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Croy; Elizabeth Marie Rizzuto, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack P. Rizzuto; Ms. Suzanne Maria Welch and Mrs. Deborah Bohne Waguespack.
Junior maids in the court were Misses Taylor Michelle Waguespack, daughter of Mr. Brent Waguespack Jr. and Ms. April Copper; Isabella Sofia Duchesne, daughter of Dr. Juan Duchesne and Ms. Michelle Valencia; and Addysen Claire Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Jones.
His majesty’s junior dukes were Masters Logan Anthony and Caden Michael Barrios, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Nayib Barrios; Shawn Carter Howell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Thomas; Daniel Timothy Croy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Croy; and Collin Michael Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Her majesty’s princesses were Misses Hailey Elizabeth Barrios, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barrios; Claire Victoria and Sarah Grace Hasney, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Hasney Jr.; and Alexandra Catherine and Gabrielle Elizabeth Bohne, daughters of Mr. Robert Bohne and Ms. Angela Himes.
As queen, Miss Wright wore a gown of gold brocade embellished with large rhinestones and appliques. Her elaborate shoulder piece was adorned with rhinestones, appliques and white fantasia plumes. A specially designed jeweled crown and scepter featuring the krewe’s insignia completed her royal attire.
The king wore an imperial-styled tunic of the same color and design as that of the queen. His shoulder piece, crown and scepter were stylistic echoes of the queen’s accoutrements.
Each maid represented a god or goddess of Carnival, with their costumes featuring an ornate collar to carry out the theme. Miss Croy portrayed Hermes, Miss Rizzuto personified Bacchus, Miss Linden was costumed to represent Morpheus, Miss LeBlanc depicted Iris, Mrs. Waguespack represented Proteus and Ms. Welch allowed guests a glimpse of Argus.
The captain made a dynamic entrance into the ballroom in traditional Mardi Gras fashion. He wore a tunic of gold lamé encrusted with rhinestones and appliques. His full monarch cape featured the Pygmalion crest as the central motif. A traditional rhinestone dome headpiece and baton completed his attire. Linking the generations of Carnival tradition, the co-captain, who is the son of the captain, made his entrance in a costume matching in color and design that of the senior leader.
The evening began with the presentation of the colors by the Chalmette High School ROTC Color Guard and the playing of the National Anthem.
Following the tableau, members and their guests enjoyed a lavish dinner and danced to the music of Louisiana Spice and Groovy 7.
General chairman of the ball was Mr. Michael Haydel. Other chairmen were Messrs. Robert Geraci, Anthony Enterante, Jake Romano, Paul Leman, Charles Favrot and John Beninate.
Master of ceremonies was Mr. Michael Rasch.