The Squires' 55th ball was held Friday in the theater at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Reigning as the 2017 queen was Miss Kathleen Pierce Gibbons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David C. L. Gibbons Jr.

The queen was attended by maids of honor Misses Caroline Whittington Casey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Casey Jr.; Clare Frances Coffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Coffman; Adair Guion Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynton G. Cook III; Amelie Collins Cooper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Cooper II; Frances Villere Currence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Currence Jr.; Mary Grace Voorhies Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Ellis Jr.; Abigail Sloan Fort, daughter of Mrs. Arthur T. Fort IV and the late Mr. Fort; Molly Gahagan Heurtin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Heurtin Jr.; Allison Marie Loker Hughs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Hughs III; Emily Baldwin Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Noel Johnson Jr.; Ellie Camryn Kelleher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Kelleher; Claire Louise Moffett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Moffett IV; Elizabeth Brent Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Montgomery IV.

Also, Misses Jane Elizabeth Murphy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Murphy; Carolyn Ott Pitalo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don A. Pitalo; Shannon Elizabeth Quinn Plough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Plough; Margaret Godchaux Roos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher J. Roos; Margot Marie Roussel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Roussel Jr.; Catherine Adair Rufty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Rufty III; Marguerite Conery Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Justin B. Schmidt; Celeste Lynn Schonberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Schonberg; Mathilde Frances deVerges Tubbs, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Tubbs; and Rebecca Patout Walk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley A. Walk.

As the orchestra played a festive assortment of Christmas carols, Santa Claus arrived in a sleigh pulled by his team of reindeer. Leading the way was red-nosed Rudolph, portrayed by Master Lee Alden Waldrup, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chad M. Waldrup. The reindeer, who later served as pages to the court, included Masters William Ritter Benedetto, son of Mr. Shayne L. Benedetto; Timothy Roy Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Brooks III; Lowery Reese Church, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Church III; Collins Perez Dabezies, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olivier C. Dabezies; Thomas Conner Ellis, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Ellis; Misses Caroline Grace Daly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott C. Daly; Virginia Lykes and Master Jeffrey Scott Geary Jr., daughter and son of Mr. and Mrs. Geary.

Reindeer also included Master John Murdock Highsmith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Highsmith; Misses Jane Parker Hillery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sergei J. Hillery Jr.; Misses Eleonore Cecelia Hooper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian G. Hooper Sr; Misses Virginia Ruth Lovell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willis A. Lovell; Misses Amy Elizabeth and Mary Margaret Mackenroth, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Donald I. Mackenroth Jr.; Misses Marie Therese Maher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel S. Maher; Master Connor Thomas Miles, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Miles.

Also joining in the "sleigh duty" were Masters Miles Hadfield Ogden, son of Dr. and Mrs. Roger H. Ogden II; Graham Mears Ralston Jr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralston;  George Hayne Schafer, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Schafer; Julian Baldwin Scriber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ashely B. Scriber; Wilson Phelps, son of Dr. Harold S. Steinitz and Ms. Cary C. Phelps; Misses Remy Elizabeth Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Wheeler, Lesley Blythe and Charlotte Vivienne Williamson, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Williamson.

Mr. John R. Cook IV served as general chairman of the ball, assisted by committee chairs Messrs. Hardie C. French, John C. Ellis, Mason G. Couvillon, Ralph G. Breaux, W. Claiborne Perrilliat III, Peter M. Tufton, Craig R. Webb, Oliver C. Dabezies and Robert J.A. Williams.