The 120th anniversary grand ball of the Krewe of Nereus was a festive event for all as His Majesty’s Tableau Players recreated the hit-filled soundtrack from “The Big Chill” motion picture.
Held Friday evening in the royal tent at the New Orleans Country Club, this year’s affair began with a beautifully designed Louisiana crab with scepter-in-hand (in-claw) invitation and matching gold-plated krewe favor.
Although “Frozen” may have been the talk of the town last year, the tableau showcased a much older — and colder — movie, satirizing the entire political landscape of Washington, D.C., in 2014. Highlighting many familiar songs such as “Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Tracks of My Tears,” “My Girl” and “Ain’t too Proud to Beg” the players’ version of the film proved that “in a cold world, you need your friends to keep you warm.”
Miss Kaitlin Peters Kehoe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Roth Kehoe II, reigned as the ball’s 2015 queen.
Miss Meghan Kammer Kehoe, twin sister of her majesty, served as maid of honor.
Presented to ball guests were maids of the court Misses Hailey Burke Housey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Hoffman Housey; Abigail Augusta Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee Jones III; Lynn Chambers Sherwood, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Read Sherwood, III; Miss Marylynn Beatrice Smitherman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Rogerson Smitherman; and Miss Gabrielle Cheyenne Turner, daughter of Lt. Col. Thomas Mark Turner and Mrs. Sherry Renee Evans.
Assisting with the royal responsibilities were their majesties’ pages: Masters Miles Edward Kehoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vincent Kehoe II; Dennis Patrick Lauscha Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lauscha; Conor Michael Sullivan, son of Mr. Timothy Daniel Sullivan and Mrs. Beth Carriere Sullivan; and Andrew Edward Verheeck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Steven Verheeck Jr.
The krewe’s captain presented a bouquet of red roses to his 2014 inaugural queen, Miss Katherine Marie Fleming, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dean Fleming II. He escorted her to the throne, where they toasted Nereus and his queen.
Co-chairmen of the court committee were Messrs. Henry C. Schonberg and Roy A. St. Paul, while vice- chairmen included Dwight L. Acomb, H. Mark Adams, Michael O. Barry, Alan G. Brackett, Graham M. Ralston and Charles T. Walsten.
The grand ball commenced with the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra performing the National Anthem. Members and guests of the krewe were entertained by Harvey Jesus and Fire at the queen’s supper dance in the club’s main ballroom. A traditional New Orleans breakfast was served, including eggs Benedict, Southern-style grits and grillades, and king cake.