The Krewe of Endymion was proud to present its theme for the 2018 Carnival season, "Jazz — Our Gift to the World." No city is quite like New Orleans, and no genre is quite like jazz: music known for improvisation and born in a city that has been forced to adapt, a unique combination of styles hailing from the land of gumbo.
Jazz is the spice added to the bowl called New Orleans, and the men of Endymion sent the love right back at the city they are proud to call home as it celebrates 300 years.
Reigning over the krewe and its annual festivities were their royal majesties Mr. Jacob D. Winfield and Miss Hannah June Autin.
The queen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shull Myles Autin, of Galliano. A junior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she plans to attend medical school in New Orleans. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership, American Chemical Society, Pre-professional Society and the University Honors Program. She also serves as secretary of Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society and is an Honors Convocation Recipient.
For the parade and Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the queen wore a radiant fitted white gown with black accents and a long fishtail made of heavy white peau de soie. The gown was filled with silver appliques embellished with crystal rhinestones. The arms were draped with silver beaded fringe. The entire piece was framed in white plumes and silver feather accents.
His majesty’s costume complemented his queen’s royal ensemble.
Maids to her majesty included Miss Robyn Catherine Giraud, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Giraud, whose costume represented the Dixieland jazz song “Basin Street Blues” by Spencer Williams.
Representing the classic Ragtime composition by James Scott, “Frog Legs Rag,” was Miss Caitlin Mary Garner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Garner.
Representing the blues song “Chicken Shack” by Amos Milburn was Miss Alexandra Madeline Kenny, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Peter Kenny of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Representing the jazz standard, “Tiger Rag” by the Original Dixieland Jass Band, was Miss Amanda Lillian Gerrets, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gerrets.
The parade featured 36 floats celebrating the birth of jazz and its evolution around the world, featured titles such as: "Hellzapoppin," "Hyena Stomp," "Big Chief," "Tin Roof Blues" and "When the Saints Go Marching In."
In the great tradition of Endymion, the 2018 parade came to a glorious finale inside the domed stadium for the presentation of the annual Extravaganza. Rod Stewart, Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, headlined the entertainment, along with platinum-selling recording artist and songwriter Jason Derulo.
The parade grand marshal was New Orleans native Jon Batiste and included special guests Steve Gleason and rookie New Orleans Saints sensations Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.