The Krewe of Athenians celebrated its 106th annual bal masque Saturday evening at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
A familiar story concerning a nice farm girl and an evil witch was the topic of the tableaux performance. Dorothy and Mary were washed away to the Land of WHOZ by a giant hurricane. In the new land, each girl joined forces with newly found friends. Dorothy joined a familiar-looking band of GOP senators, while Mary consorted with another group led by the evil Harry. Each group tried to advance their agenda to no avail. Harry and Mary then hatched a plot to lure Dorothy and her friends into a trap by having the flying monkeys drop campaign dollars along the yellow brick road. Once the group was trapped, Mary decided to eliminate her enemies with various tricks. The tricks were thwarted when Dorothy threw a bucket of pixie dust on Mary — thus changing her back into a nice farm girl. Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, looked on in amusement, but then wondered, what if Mary returns in another evil form?
Reigning as queen of the ball was Miss Ellen Claverie Curry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Christopher Curry.
Ladies of the court were Misses Emily Wren Bermudez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rafael Adam Bermudez; Sinclair Winters Burmaster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Mark Burmaster; Caroline Elizabeth Drennan, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Campbell Drennan III and daughter of Ms. Claudia Carrere; Ainsley Liesl Fischer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Alan Fischer; Lauren Marrero Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Aristide Holmes; Hailey Burke Housey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hoffman Housey; Angelina Silvestry Knister; daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrence Kent Knister and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Kevin McGill; Sydney Alexandra Lowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Gros Lowe Jr.; Celeste Edell Perrin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Francis Perrin III, and Claire Michelle Zeringue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne George Zeringue Jr.
Pages to their majesties were Masters Dudley Carlyle Chandler IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chandler III; Thomas Henry Dwyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Paul Dwyer; Leon Jastremski Reymond IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reymond III; and Joseph Ross Trask, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Buren Trask III.
Princesses to the court were young Misses Carson Louise Browne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph Browne Jr.; Cecilia Anne Cangelosi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Anthony Cangelosi; Lillian Claire Charpentier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jay Charpentier; Gabrielle Marie Dennis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Michael Dennis; Colleen Marion Lee Fowler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Edmond Fowler; Virginia Elizabeth Gardes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Dylan Gardes; Alyce McCollum Gordon, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Matthew Gordon; Emery Cate Reymond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reymond III; Katherine Kelleher Tober, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robert Tober; and Ava Leigh Zander, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Scott Thomas Zander.
After the entrance of the court, a flower presentation was made to the returning queen, Miss Lauren LeQuense Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeQuense Murphy Jr.
A midnight supper at the New Orleans Country Club was held in honor of the king and queen. Deacon John and the Ivories entertained the guests.
Mr. Donald O. Collins served as general chairman of the ball. Mr. Hilton S. Bell was the chairman of the court committee. Mr. Emmett A. Smith Jr. chaired the reception committee, and Mr. Henry C. Schonberg chaired the floor committee. Vice chairmen included Messrs. Dwight L. Acomb, Alan G. Brackett, George J. Cassard III, Oliver S. Delery Jr., Karl E. Hoefer, John O. Humphreys III, James T. Inscoe, Arthur S. Mann III, John C. Saunders Jr. and Richard M. Smallpage.