The Caliphs of Cairo staged their annual bal masque in the royal tent at the New Orleans Country Club last evening.
The ballroom was transformed into Westminster Abbey where James VI of Scotland, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned James I of England following the death of Elizabeth I. The Caliphs celebrated the accomplishments of his reign, including his patronage of Shakespeare, support of the arts and the foiled “Gunpowder Plot” led by Guy Fawkes.
Guests were summoned with invitations depicting a performance on the stage of the Globe Theater during the time of Shakespeare. The artwork was continued on the evening’s program and the krewe’s favor was the Caliphs cipher within the Globe’s stage curtains.
Reigning as queen over the ball was Miss Emily Elizabeth Tastet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Anthony Tastet.
Maids in the court were Misses Caroline Elizabeth Bossier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Michael Bossier; Lane-Larkin Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Paul Davis; Sydney Alexandra Lowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Gros Lowe Jr.; Gabrielle Cheyenne Turner, daughter of Lt. Col. Thomas Mark Turner; and Mallory Ann Young, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Darren Young.
Ladies-in-waiting to their majesties were Misses Ashley Frances Bossier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bossier; Laura Lane Bruce, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Stuart Bruce; Juliet Eliana Detiveaux Cimini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Vaughn Cimini; Monica Carolyn Growden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bradley Growden; Heidi Frances Hayne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Peck Hayne Jr.; Alyce Louise Iglesias, the daughter of Mrs. Diane McConnell and the late Mr. Charles John Iglesias, and the niece of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Lee Loomis; Isabella Veronica Koclanes, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George Peter Koclanes Jr.; Lauren Lee Paysse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Sylvain Paysse Jr.; Claire Elizabeth Rosamond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Rosamond; Katherine Elizabeth Verlander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gordon Verlander; and Madeline Cecelia Zimmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Frank Zimmer.
Princesses in the court were Misses Pellegrina Ann Vaughn Cimini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cimini; Chloe Alexander D’Angelo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph D’Angelo; Anna Sofia Hayne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hayne; Katherine Maria Kleehammer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark David Kleehammer; Anne Michelle Long, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dale Long Jr.; Olivia Leigh Merington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lee Merington; Sloane Alexandra Paysee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paysee; Hailey Reese Sisung, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lane Sisung; Katherine Kelleher Tober, granddaughter of Mr. William Cletus Coe Jr. and the late Mrs. Coe; and Giselle Marilyn Wolf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Francis Wolf III.
Pages to their majesties were Masters William Harrison Duncan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Edward Duncan Jr.; Richard Ray Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harvel Martin; Behrens Breuer Richeson, son of Mr. McGready Lewis Richeson and Ms. Wiebke Breuer; and Joseph Charles Romanos, son of Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Joseph Romanos.
Following the presentation of the court, the 2014 queen, Miss Elizabeth Lancaster Dunlap, received a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses from the king. Mrs. Charlee Waters Schanzer, who reigned in 1965 when the theme of the ball was “Gulliver’s Travels,” was presented to their majesties and received a bouquet of long-stemmed yellow roses from the king.
Dr. Jerry Joseph St. Pierre served as general chairman of the ball. Mr. Charles Tusa Walsten served as chairman of the court committee, assisted by Messrs. Donald Gilbert Charbonnet as vice chairman, Graham Mears Ralston and Justin Burton Schmidt. Mr. Bret Alden Clesi served as chairman of the reception committee, assisted by Messrs. Thomas Joseph Mitchell as vice chairman and Stephen Henry Schonberg. Mr. Arthur Seldon Mann III served as chairman of the floor committee, assisted by Messrs. Kermit Louis Roux III as vice chairman, John Charles Saunders Jr., and Jeremy Taylor Schreiber.
Following the ball, the queen’s breakfast was held at the club. Music was provided by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.