“A Salute To The Founding Fathers of Zulu” was the theme of the 2015 Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club coronation ball Friday evening at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The royal court became official as Garren Mims, the 2014 king, crowned King Zulu 2015 Andrew “Pete” Sanchez Jr. Georgette Anita Mims, the 2014 queen, crowned Dr. Janice T. Sanchez Queen Zulu 2015.
As their majesties were escorted to their throne, the 2015 Zulu maids were introduced by Darrin Mire.
Serving on the court were Misses London Kennedy, king’s maid, daughter of Mr. Lamar Kennedy Jr. and Mrs. Shari Taylor-Kennedy; Ashleyanna Jenkins, queen’s maid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Jenkins; Kayla Clark, daughter of Mr. Andrew Sylve and Ms. Deborah Clark; Mandye Darby, daughter of Mr. Rene L. Darby Jr. and Dr. Michelle Thompson; Katlyn Dawson, daughter of Ms. Satacha Johnson and the late Mr. Duntez Dawson; Destiny Domengeaux, daughter of Mr. Derrick Domengeaux and granddaughter of Mrs. Doris Jackson; Cee Elmore, daughter of Mr. Curtis Elmore Sr. and Ms. Tanitra Williams; Megan Guter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Guter Sr., Jessica Hernandez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D’Juan Hernandez; Danielle Ker, daughter of Mr. David Ker and Ms. Lisa Robertson; Jantaé Oates, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Caliste Sr.; Ravyn Prevost, daughter of Ms. Youlondar Prevost; Danielle Raphael, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Raphael Jr.; Kash’mir Sanders, daughter of Mr. Lonnie Sanders and the late Mrs. Kenya Mercadel-Francois; Jessica Taylor, daughter of Mr. Jonathan Taylor Sr. and Ms. Troy Cain; Erin Temple, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Temple; Calia Thomas, daughter of Ms. Debra Selmon; Leona Trepagnier, daughter of Mr. Lavonne Ratcliff and Ms. Denise Trepagnier; Jazman Vappie, daughter of Mr. Jeffrey Vappie II and Ms. Tiffany Williams; and Kasia Washington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Washington.
The Royal Court of King Zulu included Messrs. Brent Washington, chargé d’affaires; Freddie Cosey, Freddie L. Jones and Armand E. Pinkney, king’s warriors; and David F. Thompson Jr., royal prince. King’s pages included Masters Alfred Donald Jr., Shelby Lawrence, Khalib Lee, Reginald D. Rigsby II, Camden Scott, Jordan C. White and a host of dukes and aides to assist the king.
The Royal Court of Queen Zulu included Messrs. Jefferson R. Reese Sr., chargé d’affaires, Troy Jackson, Burnell Scales Sr., and Sterling D. Williams, queen’s warriors; Misses Angelique Clark, dutchess; Ashley N. Sanchez, the royal princess; Lesley Offner, Deborah Pipkins, Andrea S. Reese, Courtney Washington, Troy Madison Washington and Dr. Angelique Williams, attendants; Alaya L. Adams, Hailey Chareé Barnes, Kemyatta Gremillion and Jemori Reese, dutchesses; and a host of dukes and aides.
Mr. Rodney P. Mason Sr., chaplain, opened the ball with a prayer. Mr. Dennis Robertson, chairman of Carnival activities, served as coordinator of the coronation and Mr. Clarence A. Becknell Sr., historian emeritus, served master of ceremonies. President Naaman C. Stewart presented the welcome address for the organization.
The officers and board of directors and the Zulu Characters were introduced.
Entertainment for the evening’s festivities included recording artists The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley, Fantasia Barrino, Juvenile, DJ Captain Charles and DJ Polo.