Following a triumphant ride through the streets of New Orleans for the 50th years, the Krewe of Endymion celebrated its golden anniversary last evening in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The super-krewe marked its anniversary with a Extravaganza and parade under the banner “Endymion Through the Years,” a celebration of all 50 years of the organization — 50 years of Tokens of Youth (the krewe’s doubloon), of throwing “’til it hurts” (a popular krewe slogan) and celebrating and making history. What began as a small, neighborhood parade in the Bayou St. John and Gentilly area has now burgeoned into the largest pageant in Carnival.
From “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in 1967 to 2015’s “Fantastic Voyages,” Endymion looked back at the highlights in this theme of “best ofs” and all-stars, with each float encompassing an entire year of history.
Serving as the grand marshal for the parade and celebration was Doug Thornton, executive vice president of SMG, the entertainment and venue management group that operates the dome and the neighboring Smoothie King Arena. He was honored for his contributions to the facilities, the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, as well as his help with Endymion throughout the years.
Following the 50th street procession, more than 20,000 guests danced to the music of rock and roll icon Steven Tyler, as well as Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide.
Other musical groups performing at the elaborate event included The Wise Guys, Groovy 7 and Simply Irresistible.
Reigning over Endymion L and its annual festivities was his royal majesty Robert W. Hodgson.
Reigning at this side was her royal majesty, Queen Jamie Elizabeth Hanzo. Miss Hanzo is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Albert Hanzo and granddaughter of Endymion founder and captain Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Muniz.
The queen wore a gown of shimmering gold peau de soie with an accent of white and gold petals. It was embellished with large Austrian crystal appliques and fleur de lis. Her collar represented a draped gold sequin curtain with large fleur de lis fans and an even larger fleur de lis centerpiece. It also had white plumes with accent fans in gold. His majesty’s costume complemented his queen’s royal attire.
Maids to her majesty were gowned to carry out individual years from the krewe’s history.
Miss Alexis Isabelle Fraino, daughter of Mr. Christopher Fraino and Mrs. Kerry Fraino, represented “Myths & Legends,” the parade theme from 1983.
Representing 1980’s parade theme, “Broadway on Parade,” was Miss Remy Elise Garofalo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Garofalo Jr.
Miss Emma Paige Schwankhart, whose costume represented 1977’s parade theme, “It’s A Small World,” is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Anthony Schwankart of Clarksville, Tenn.
Representing 1985’s parade theme, “Come To The Mardi Gras,” was Miss Danielle Claire Sketchler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sketchler.