NEW ORLEANS — “Tacky Costumes and Squeals of Fun” was the theme of Cochon Cotillion XVII, a night of fun, laughs and revelry celebrating the success of Bridge House/Grace House and supporting the cause of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The event was held April 13 at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World.

King Michael Hecht, Queen Racquel Smith and their minions, the Krewe of Pork and Beads, reveled with WGNO-TV’s “Good Morning New Orleans” team, Hank Allen, Jon Huffman and Anne Cutler, who served as emcees.

Guests enjoyed live music by Mike Morris and ELS and the ever-popular Krewe of Pork and Beads indoor parade.

Cochon Cotillion XVII calls itself the first unofficial Mardi Gras ball of the 2014 season. Guests dressed in costume or tacky de rigueur enjoyed joyous celebration with food provided by some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants, the musical mastery of ELS, dancing, a court, an indoor parade, an open bar, a gigantic silent auction and a raffle.