Music and magic were combined when the Krewe of Carrollton invited guests to spend “A Night At The Opera” at its annual Carnival ball.
The third-oldest parading organization in Carnival held its annual fête Friday in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside Hotel to begin the krewe’s annual weekend of events, highlighted with the parade Sunday.
Reigning over the festivities as queen was Miss Kathleen Garitty White, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. John Stanton White.
Her majesty’s gown of white peau de soie was paneled with overlays of imported, gold-threaded, lace flowers embellished with a plethora of Austrian rhinestones and accentuated with gold beaded fringe. Her Medici collar echoed her gown with an embellishment of the gold threaded lace, imported Austrian rhinestones and gold-beaded fringe.
Maids to her majesty, and the operas they depicted, were Mrs. Anne Ciulla Bruce, daughter of Mr. Salvador Peter Ciulla and Ms. Deborah Ciulla, costumed to represent “Die Zauberflote”; Misses Erin Claire Luquette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Weber, who portrayed “L’Elisire d’Armore”; Victoria Katherine Marks, daughter of Mr. Joseph Matthew Marks and Ms. Leslie Ann Marks, gowned to illustrate “Des Rosenkavalier”; Genevieve Carstens Mattei, daughter of Mr. Richard Louis Mattei III and Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, in a costume to represent “Carmen”; Lauren Elizabeth Nauman, daughter of Mr. Scott David Nauman and Ms. Joan Kilburn Nauman, who embodied “La Traviata”; Morgan Elise Torres, daughter of Mr. Donald Torres and Ms. Lindy Pousson Torres, costumed to illustrate “Aida”; Kelly Elizabeth VanGeffen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Denis VanGeffen Jr., who portrayed “La Boheme”; and Katherine Nicole Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Wood III, who embodied “Madame Butterfly.”
Junior maids to her majesty were Misses Sarah Madeline Buckley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Power Buckley; Sarah Ann Culp, stepdaughter of Mr. James Brian McCarty and daughter of Mrs. Connie Culp McCarty; Dana Lucille Favret, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal John Favret; Grace Olivia Magee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Damion Magee; Kendall Hadley Manis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Larkin Manis; and Mollie Kate McNulty, daughter of Ms. Jessica Brown McNulty.
Ladies-in-waiting were Misses Alexis Lee Akers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jason Akers; Sophie Emmanuelle Beach, goddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buckley; Elizabeth Winifred Eshleman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roch Edward Eshleman; Emma Elizabeth Hobbs, daughter of Mr. Joshua Eric Hobbs and Ms. Suellyn Stevens; Grace Elizabeth McNabb, daughter of Mr. William Scott McNabb; and Claire Elizabeth Sarrat, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Joseph Sarrat.
Pages to the queen were Misses Zoey Lynne Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clay Bennett; Amelia Scarlett Ducatel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ian Ducatel; and Tris Marie Marx, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Terrell Marx Jr.
Pages to the king were Masters Brendan Fionn and Keiran Robert O’Keeffe, sons of Mr. Philip Gerard O’Keeffe and Mrs. Hollie Lynn Pate O’Keeffe.
King Carrollton XCI wore a costume that matched his queen’s. Their majesties’ matching royal mantles were of silver and gold with the krewe emblem in the center. Rhinestone crowns that featured the emblem and scepters completed their ensembles.
Mr. Pendleton W. Larsen Jr. served as general chairman of the ball. Mr. Philip S. Lundgren served as honorary general chairman. Messrs. John C. Oswald and Michael J. Haydel served as vice general chairmen.
Following the ball, a dinner dance was held in honor of the royal court. David Hansen’s New Orleans Garden District Orchestra, The Wise Guys and Refried Confuzion provided the music.