In an atmosphere of elegance and Carnival spirit, the Krewe of Excalibur celebrated “Sweet Treats!” Saturday evening.
The Pontchartrain Center was transformed into a pastel-lighted atmosphere as it hosted the krewe’s 14th annual Mardi Gras tableau.
Queen Excalibur XIV, along with her king, entitled the tableau “A Knight’s Sweet Delights.”
Reigning as queen was Mrs. Melanie Anne Sharp, wife of Mr. Kip Douglas Sharp.
The king was Mr. James Frank Bachemin Jr., husband of Mrs. Lois Bentz Bachemin.
Maids to her majesty were Mrs. Sharon Anne Pershall-Howard, wife of Mr. Brian Howard, who represented “Be My Sweetheart”; Mrs. Cherry Lynn Roberts-Matherne, wife of Mr. Patrick Matherne, who embodied “Ye Old Ice Cream Parlour”; Mrs. Jamie Bachemin Shultz, wife of Mr. Milton V. Shultz, portraying “Way Down Yonder”; and Mrs. Victoria Lynn Stolarski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Stolarski portraying “No Tricks — Just Treats.”
Pages to their majesties were Misses Caitlyn Isabella Wagoner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Byron Wagoner; Anna Caston Keene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Martin Keene; Keira Selene Bachemin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin James Bachemin; and Master Christopher James Miller Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Miller.
The junior knights were Masters Nicholas Raymond Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Adams and Mrs. Sharp; and Preston Douglas Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kip Douglas Sharp.
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. and Mrs. Paula Belknap II; Elizabeth Jane Wagoner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Byron Wagoner; Gretchen Michele Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher James Miller Sr.; Madison Alyse Sharp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kip Douglas Sharp.
In Arthurian tradition, Merlin and Morgana made an appearance in an attempt to secure — and steal — the Excalibur sword. They were portrayed by Mr. Kevin James and Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Bachemin. Their majesties’ regalia was an elegant portrayal of sweets. The collars were fashioned of light blue lace with aurora borealis sequins and silver brocade with silver metallic threading. The ensembles were trimmed with imported Austrian rhinestones and rhinestone silver appliques. The monarchs’ elaborately large collars were heavily encrusted with Austrian rhinestone appliqués and stones, accented with white ostrich feathers. The collars matched his tunic and her gown. The gown and tunic were styled in keeping with Arthurian legend.
The captain and junior captain of the krewe wore elaborately decorated costumes in purple, fuschia and silver sequined fabric. They were accented with gold and silver sequined braid and imported crystal rhinestones. The captain’s costume, worn with an elaborate collar, depicted “Candy Treats,” adorned with lollipops and gummy bears. The junior captain’s costume represented “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and featured a candy-making machine and the golden ticket, along with an array of sweets accented in chocolate brown double French-curled ostrich feathers. General chairman was Mr. Pendleton W. Larsen Jr. Honorary vice general chairman was Mr. Mark H. Hildreth. Aide to the captain was Mr. Robert A. Brown. Committeemen were Messrs. John C. Oswald Jr., Dr. Jack Jacobs, Nicholas J. Beninate Jr., James Julian, James Melancon, Dr. Timothy Melancon, Edmond Muniz, Barry Orillion, Walter F. Schwander, David Smith, C. J. Tesitore and Anton P. Yrle.