Krewe of Neophermenos brings Carnival whimsy to life _lowres

Photo provided by Krewe of Neophermenos—Jean Long Pinney of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans is queen of the Krewe of Neophermenos.

“The Whimsical Imagination of Dr. Seuss” was the theme for the ball of the Krewe of Neophermenos, held the Friday before Mardi Gras at the Jefferson Orleans South.

The krewe is made up of members of the Newcomers Club of New Orleans. Its name translates to “newly transplanted to this soil.”

Reigning as Queen Neophermenos LVII was Jean Long Pinney who represented Dr. Seuss. The queen was chosen by secret ballot and reflected her leadership contributions through the years. She wore an empire gown with sheer black bodice encrusted with aurora rhinestones. Her Medici collar was studded with teardrops and Swarovski crystals. Silver and black motifs accented the mantle depicting iconic Seuss creations bursting off their book pages. Completing her ensemble were a crown once worn by her late mother as queen of the krewe, and the club’s traditional butterfly scepter.

Richard Pinney escorted his mother as Prince Consort. The queen’s entrance was preceded by the Princesses Alexis and Hadley Brunet, granddaughters of the queen.

The captain, Stephanie Willette, designed the theme with her original interpretation of “A Day for the Cat in the Hat.” She wore a two-piece gown of white embellished with red and original reflections of antics of children depicted through stories.

The maids were krewe members in the captain’s original depiction: Judy Chauvin, escorted by Duke David Bordelon, as “Horton Hears a Who”; Ruth Williamson, with her duke, David Williamson, as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”; and Linda Hubchen, escorted by Duke Jon O’Regan, as “The Lorax.” Gowns of original design were adorned with rhinestones and sequined appliques and plumed harnesses.

Costumed krewe members dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 threw beads, doubloons and swirl lollipops.

The captain’s coordinators were Janiece Haines, Diania Johnson, Linda McDermott and Michele Perry.

Committee members were Lucille Anderson, Nancy Annaccone, Tomarie Bakewell, Carolyn Bouloucon, Laurell Brown, Judy Foren, Hannelore Hurst, Virdilee Johnson, Jo Kelly, Olivia Kloth, Pauline Kocic, Sophia Kunkel, Carol Lynch, Jean Pinney, Kathy Randall, Barbara Sandeman, Betty Spurlock and Barbara Sutphen.