The grand finale of Carnival 2017 came Shrove Tuesday with the traditional "Meeting of the Courts" of the Mystick Krewe of Comus and Rex during the Comus bal masque at the Marriott Hotel. Setting the dramatic scene for the customary climax to the revelry of the Carnival season in New Orleans was a myriad of twinkling lights reflecting the glitter of thousands of rhinestones, paillettes and other brilliants.
Miss Avery Scott Rowan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Forney Rowan Jr., reigned as queen over the Comus festivities.
Maids of honor to her majesty were Misses Mary Dalton Acomb, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ryan Acomb; Emily Smith Adams, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Roland Adams III and stepdaughter and daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joshua Edward Lowentritt; Catherine Lapeyre Barry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Owen Barry; Caroline Walmsley Favrot, daughter and stepdaughter of Mrs. and Mrs. James Parkhurst Favrot and the late Mrs. Favrot; Ninette Therese deBalathier Hickey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Alexander Hickey; Eleanor Scullin Janvier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Peak Janvier; Caroline Bennett Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Settoon Johnson; Cynthia Callaghan Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cabell Nelson; Elizabeth Flower Redd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund England Redd; and Virginia Parker Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gordon Stewart.
Pages to Comus were Masters James McDowell Brady, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James McDowell Brady, Sr., and Coalter Barroll McCall, son of Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Christopher McCall, Jr. Pages to Her Majesty were Masters John Mark Church IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mark Church III, and Charles Frederick Seemann IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frederick Seemann III. Serving as Chairman of the Ball was Mr. Richard M. Currence.
When Rex 2017, Dr. Stephen Wilson Hales and his queen, Miss Anna Eugenie Huger, arrived at the Comus ball, the orchestra played Rex's theme song, "If Ever I Cease to Love." At that point, with Comus serving as escort to Miss Huger, and with Rex escorting Miss Rowan, the four monarchs and their entourage circled the ballroom floor in the double grand march. Their majesties then took their places on the double throne bench, which was flanked by golden balustrades and golden urns filled with flowers.
With the closing curtain, the ball and Carnival merriment was at an end.