Covington's Krewe of Olympia marked its 53rd Mardi Gras at its Jan. 20 ball at the Castine Center, where guests enjoyed the music of the Jimmy Brinkman Band as the sun began to set at the picturesque venue.

Tables were decorated with cream linens with bouquets of the traditional purple-, green- and gold-hued flowers in the center.

Champagne and hors d’oeuvres were passed to special guests and krewe officers, who entered the dining room first and eagerly waited to see who the new queen and maids would be. 

Then Queen Alexis Nicole Roy, daughter of Travis and Tiffany Roy, entered and welcomed the maids for her 2018 court. Applause and cheers abounded. Royal maids included Hallie Elaine Braud, Caroline Rae de la Houssaye, Sydney Elizabeth Lentz, Ashlyn Bixler Lyons, Allyson Leigh Reynolds and Allison Weimer. Each maid carried a bouquet of purple lilies and white hydrangea.

Ladies in waiting were Katherine Rose Abbott, Camille Caroline Christopher, Mary Frances Hamby, Mary Miller Kitchen, Isabelle Rose Seeger and Charlie Breck Vail. They carried balls of green hydrangeas tied with white satin ribbons.

Pages to Her Majesty were Andrus Mac Cantrelle, Patrick Edward Hamby Jr., Aiden Levy Roy and Jacob Alfred Seeger.

The identity of Zeus, the king of Olympia, is never revealed.

Chairman of the Floor Committee was Nicholas Ludwig, and assisting him were John Baldwin, George Boudreaux, Dan Dorsey, Lange Gambel and Matt Voelkel.

Orpheus heads to the movies

Before its formal ball, more than 200 members of the Original Krewe of Orpheus and friends gathered at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville to celebrate in a casual environment.

There, it was announced that reigning over the festivities would be King Orpheus XXVIII Chad Bordelon and daughters Nadia Bordelon, Katya Bordelon and Hannah Bordelon, who will all serve as queens. Bradley and Benjamin Bordelon will reign as princes.

Royal maids include Sophie Yvonne Brooks and Ashtan Letsch. Junior maids include Madison Bragg, Reagan Bragg and Amelia Lynn Whittemore.  

The krewe will parade with the theme “Orpheus at the Movies” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on the traditional Mandeville route. Paradegoers should be on the lookout for the krewe’s signature Pine Loon throw and the krewe's infamous call and response along the route, “Hail, Orpheus! Hail, yes!” For more information on the krewe, visit www.originalkreweoforpheus.com.

Missie Arata Noel is the society writer for the north shore. She can be contacted by email at jrnoel@bellsouth.net.