Saturday evening, in an atmosphere of elegance and spirit, the Krewe of Excalibur reminisced about the past 14 years. The Pontchartrain Center was transformed into a magical atmosphere as it hosted the group’s 15th annual Mardi Gras tableau entitled “A Knight Remembers.”
Reigning as Queen Excalibur XV was Miss Meredith Elizabeth Chehardy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Chehardy.
King Excalibur XV was Mr. Raymond John Brandt, husband of Mrs. Jessica Fussell Brandt.
Pages to their majesties were Miss Isabella Marguerite Lynch, daughter of Lt. Col. Michael Timothy Lynch and Mrs. Christine White Lynch; and Masters Jacob James and Noah James Dobson, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin James Dobson.
Maids to her majesty wore costumes depicting one of the themes from previous years. Miss Alexis Carroll Hartline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Shawn Hartline, represented “Mardi Gras Guide – A Knight at the Newsstand (2006).” Miss Kimball Elizabeth Nicholson, daughter of Ms. Jennifer M. Nicholson and the late Mr. Leonard K. Nicholson, represented “Gargoyles – A Haunted Knight (2007).” Miss Ashlee Marie Krantz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan G. Krantz, represented “What Do Simple Folk Do – A Knight in Camelot (2009).” Miss Kelsey Leigh Ware, daughter of Mr. Jon Stone Ware IV and Ms. Stacy Ware, represented “Flowers and Fauna – A Knight in China (2012).” Miss Mary Adger Bowen, daughter of Mr. Robert Adger Bowen III and the late Mrs. Ann Martin Bowen, represented “Mae West – Knightengales (2013).” Miss Alden Baxter Howard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Mountague Howard Jr. represented “C’est Moi? – A Knight at the Renaissance Faire (2014).” Ms. Debby R. McMillon, daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. R.G. McMillon, represented “Easter Basket – A Knight’s Sweet Delights (2015).”
The junior knight was Master Cameron Matthew Mazoué, son of Dr. Clayton Gregory Maouzé and Ms. Shanon Rose Chehardy.
The princesses of Avalon were Misses Sophia Rose Blasio, daughter of Mr. Dirk Joseph Blasio and Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio; Sarah Louise Belknap, daughter of Lt. Col Robert H. Belknap II and Mrs. Paula Belknap; Analise Amaria Plunkett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Richard Plunkett Jr.; Christen Elizabeth, Charlotte Ashley and Chloe Ann Chehardy, daughters of Dr. Charles Frank Chehardy.
Camelot would not be the same without Merlin making an appearance in an attempt to protect the sword Excalibur. Mr. Zachary Shawn Hartline portrayed Merlin. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hartline.
Their majesties’ regalia was steeped in medieval tradition. The collars were fashioned of off-white dupioni silk and imported gold lace. The ensembles were trimmed with Austrian rhinestones and gold appliqués. The monarchs’ elaborate collars contained three-dimensional dragons and shields encrusted with Austrian rhinestone appliqués, blue stones and accented with white ostrich feathers. The gown and tunic were designed to depict Arthurian legend.
The captains wore costumes in pink and burgundy silk dresses, accented with a hand-beaded dragon that filled the length of each dress. The captain also wore a beautiful collar that depicted fireworks and was accented with burgundy double French curl ostrich plumes. The junior captain’s costume was a representation of the krewe’s logo in royal purple. His collar was adorned with the krewe shield and complimentary dragons. His collar was accented with purple double French curl ostrich plumes.
General chairman was Mr. Pendleton W. Larsen Jr. Vice general chairman was Mr. Michael J. Haydel Sr. Honorary vice general chairman was Mr. Mark H. Hildreth. Aide to the captain was Mr. Robert A. Brown. Committeemen were Messrs. William Danflous, Robert T. DeViney, Dr. Jack Jacob, James Melancon, Dr. Timothy Melancon, Barry Orillion, John C. Oswald Jr., Walter F. Schwander, David Smith and C.J. Tesitore.