On Friday evening, Les Pierrettes dedicated the organization’s annual ball to Pierrot, the French master of pantomime. Held this year at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the ball had as its theme “Les Pierrettes Throws a Fiesta.”
Promptly at 8 p.m., Jimmy Maxwell and his orchestra began to play.
A whistle blew, heralding the appearance of this year’s captain, Miss Constance Gresham Brooke Overby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Carl Overby. The captain wore a white strapless mermaid gown of imported Italian satin. In keeping with this year's Mexican theme, her dress featured a tiered, flounce floor-sweeping hem, which her friend, designer Martha Lapeyre, embellished with silver-dipped Mokuba ribbon from Japan and Swarovski crystals. She also fashioned armbands covered in red velvet roses encrusted with red Swarovski crystals. Miss Overby wore similar red roses in her hair and crystal-encrusted silver strappy heels to complete her look.
With the help of her lieutenants, the captain led a group of 19 dancers down the stairs to the dance floor to the tune of "Tijuana Taxi" by Herb Alpert. Dressed in white peasant tops embellished with red, yellow and green flowers, black ruffled skirts with green trim, fringed red sash and a red rose clipped in their hair, the dancers wowed the crowd with their moves to "Livin’ la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin. They ended the night donning sombreros and performing to "Tequila" by The Champs.
The lieutenants wore red cotton embroidered Mexican dresses with huarache sandals.
After the dance, the lieutenants positioned themselves at the foot of a gold and silver shimmering throne where their monarch, Miss Katherine Mills Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Conner Ellis III, and her royal entourage held court.
Maids to her majesty were Misses Cecilia Walshe Balart, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Etienne Balart and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Andrew Hogan; Aimee Green Barousse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Walter Barousse Jr.; Joan Caroline Benjamin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wisdom Benjamin; Laura Morgan Butcher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kimberlin Price Butcher; Elizabeth Anne Charbonnet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Denechaud Charbonnet Jr.; Cecilia Elizabeth Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Patrick Cook; and Ella Marie Frantzen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kohlar Tolson Frantzen.
Also serving in the court were Misses Evaline Finlay Gomila, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Moylan Feild Gomila Jr.; Margaret Neelis Grady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Grady; Anna Jamison Hardie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Davis Hardie; Margot Shaw Lapeyre, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Francis Lapeyre; Eugenie Eustis McLeod, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evans Martin McLeod; Mason Ann Mentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frederick Mentz; Eliza Hollis Nieset, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kearney Nieset; Grace McQuaide Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W.R. Payne; Annabel Avery Powers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Morgan Powers; Madeleine Livaudais Sateri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sateri; Ansley Holmes Schwing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blakemore Schwing; Julia Tyler Smith, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles George Smith Jr. and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Justin Young; and Emily Clay Weinmann, daughter of Mr. Robert St. George Tucker Weinmann and Ms. Cynthia Howson Weinmann.
The queen’s consort was Mr. Michael Haydel Schmidt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Evans Schmidt.
The dukes were Messers. Martin Campbell Butcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kimberlin Price Butcher; Murray Andrew Calhoun Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun; George Williams Calhoun, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Calhoun; William Carrere Dodenhoff Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Dodenhoff; Davis Hugh Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hugh Edwards III; Andrew Randolph Gottsegen, son of Drs. Brad and Leslie Gottsegen; Hyde Alford Healy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hyde Dunbar Healy; William Buckner Heebe, son of Mr. Odom Bernhardt Heebe Jr. and the late Mrs. Heebe; Philip Nalty Hodges Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hodges; Lawrence Noel Johnson III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson Jr.; Albert Clark Kelleher Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelleher; Andrew Stephen Laborde, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ferrier Laborde; William Price LeClercq, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Theodore LeClercq; Keil McBride Moss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Elias Moss II; James Favrot and Sean Fox Murphy, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Murphy; William Waite Freeman Rowan, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Forney Rowan Jr.; Beauregard Avegno VanDenburgh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Allen VanDenburgh; Thomas Crosby Whealdon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burton Whealdon; and, Grayson Knight Worley, son of Dr. Knight Worley and Ms. Rebecca Frantzen Worley.
Serving as the queen’s pages were Misses Florence Virginia Dupuy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Arnold Dupuy; Addison Grace Johnson, daughter of Ms. Elise Leone Johnson; Lauren Parker Kearney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Parker Kearney; Elizabeth Lesley Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Carter Marshall; Marion Swann Pilcher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Judson Pilcher; and, Alexandra Rand Rutledge, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Winston Rutledge.
In keeping with tradition, the pages presented white orchids to the mothers of the queen and captain. The pages presented bouquets of pink sweetheart roses to Miss Pixie Marie Anderson, the 2016 queen, and to Miss Isabel Susan Lane, the 2016 captain.
The reigning monarch wore a sleeveless floor-length gown of white silk twill with a bodice overlaid with white tulle embellished with pearls and rhinestones. A trim of pearls and bugle beads accented the waist, while vertical rows of rhinestones cascaded from the waist to the hem along the seams of the tulip-shaped skirt. The traditional Les Pierrettes mantle of pale pink and white satin and a glittering crown and scepter completed the regal ensemble.
The maids wore dresses of individual design fashioned along jeune fille lines and carried bouquets of white roses. The pages wore wreaths of pink and white flowers with pink ribbons to match their tea-length dresses of white satin accented with pink satin jester collars and waistbands.
The queen’s supper immediately followed the ball and took place in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom of the New Orleans Convention Center.