The Krewe of Janus remembered a year of monumental changes during its Carnival ball last evening in the Armstrong Ballroom of the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.
Uniquely able to gaze into the past and the future, the god of beginnings began the ball with a nod to its 67 years of carnival tradition with a tribute to the royal court of 2015. The dramatic entrance of the captain was followed by the parade of festive krewe members who then heralded the entrance of the masked lieutenants.
The two-headed Roman deity then turned his focus to the present with the introduction of his majesty Janus 2016 who made a regal appearance accompanied by the ladies of his royal court.
Reigning as queen of the ball was Miss Angela Elizabeth Barattini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Barattini. Her majesty wore a gown of gold lace. Traditionally designed, it was heavily beaded and encrusted with Austrian rhinestones. Her train was decorated in Austrian rhinestone appliques and the sweetheart neckline was accented in a unique wavy rhinestone trim decorated with rhinestone flowerets. Her royal purple heirloom mantle was decorated with gold and silver sequin appliques. She wore a Medici collar trimmed with Austrian rhinestones and drop crystals. Her majesty carried the regal Janus scepter and wore the queen’s traditional heirloom crown.
The queen’s royal court included maids Misses Lindsay Elizabeth Salassi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Salassi IV; Madison Elizabeth Avery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Avery; and Kelsi Cherrie Garcia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Garcia.
True to its tradition, the krewe entertained its guests with a set of humorous skits to commemorate some of the significant events of the past year, including the furor surrounding the removal of historic monuments. Changes in the political arena on the local and national level were reviewed as well as the future of notable figures in the world of athletics.
Following the skits, the king and queen made a special presentation to the queen of the 2015 ball, Miss Chandler Nicole Beninate.
The ball’s finale was a salute to pop culture with an out-of-this-world musical montage. After the traditional callout dances, his majesty Janus hosted his subjects at a champagne reception in the king’s room.
Orchestre de Carnivale provided the musical accompaniment for the tableau. Later in the evening Crescent City Soul entertained Janus and his guests.
Mr. Philip Dickey was chairman of the reception committee, with Mr. William Clasen serving as vice chairman. The court committee was chaired by Mr. Frank Morse, with Mr. Barattini serving as vice chairman. The floor committee was chaired by Mr. Ben Hocke, with Mr. Malcom McLetchie serving as vice chairman.