Mardi Gras is like a bad boy. We hate to see it come, but we hate to see it go. Society doesn’t exist with the same naughty intensity the rest of the year, and while no one would survive if it did, it’s wonderful while it lasts.
Thanks for the memories: Of Queen Evangeline Lauren Guilliot in her full-length white mink and laughing King Gabriel Michael Judice with his beginner’s luck beard. Royal father Paul Guilliot’s conversation and gracious hospitality — interviews come and go, but no one has ever served Veuve Cliquot or probably will again.
Rio past Queen Lynn Williams, who fell through her attic ceiling and, because of minor injuries, was unable to host the Rio Queen’s luncheon. Likewise society hostess Laura Meyers, whose laundry room ceiling collapsed just prior to staging the Troubadours Tea. Both have reached a whole new level of Mardi Gras glory.
Lesley Maxwell, who thought to seat The Advocate at her Triton queen country club luncheon and even had a cookie made with our name on it. Yvonne Mitchell who mugged for the camera and provided some welcome Mardi Gras comic relief. Anita Saitta in her Björk feather dress, (“I think I’ll keep her,” said her husband Vince). Smooth talkers Randy Foreman and photographer Brent LeBlanc who said when he saw The Advocate, “Now we can get started.” Hazelann Yongue giving up her last Brigands headband to a real pirate, and the little Gabriel page who exclaimed, “We get to KEEP all this stuff!”
But perhaps best of all — the D.C. Mardi Gras-goer who asked John Georges if he was there to take pictures for The Advocate.
Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at Fete@theadvocate.com.
Bonaparte Pre-Ball Party
Bonaparte Airlines Flight 1972 taxied down the runway with a preball party upstairs in the Cajundome Convention Center. Napoleon and Josephine Clif and Marianne Lane posed for formal photos amid their court, costumed for the soon-to-be tableau. The krewe gave design credit to Ted Viator, although we have it on good authority that Jimmy Poole glued those rhinestones on ball Captain Charlie Babineaux’s flight suit. Packing their bags preflight were Gene and Julia Lognion, Marty and Lee Audiffred, tiny flight attendants Olivia Lane, Evangeline Babineaux and Landry Lane, and tuxedo king Randy Foreman.
King Gabriel LXXIX Michael Judice arrived with his men for breakfast at the City Club, his traditional stop before the parade on Mardi Gras. The sun shone as did his highness, and the hearty royal repast included bacon and eggs enough to see his majesty through the arduous hours ahead. Ready to rumble were Tommy Hightower, Frank Gerami, John Fenstermaker and David Landry.
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. The grand finale of Mardi Gras gathered at the Frem Boustany Convention Center for Gabriel and Evangeline’s last hurrah. Maids and mothers, dukes and daughters, filled the hallways as King Gabriel Michael Judice donned his finery one more time. Competing with his highness for attention — the four pages this season were all grandsons of past kings, the first time this has occurred in Carnival history. Roe Greenfield, Hitch Chappuis, Henry Busch and Thomas Breaux took it all in stride while their grandsires, Dr. Paul Breaux, Richard Chappuis, Frank Gerami and Bill Busch, looked on proudly from behind the plumes. What we loved: Pat Jones introducing herself in the hallway — once a journalist, always a journalist.
We have to admit, there’s no better way to second line than this. Don Stevenson and Mary Logan tied the knot onstage during the Triton Ball at the Cajundome Convention Center. Owen Rachel officiated, Robert Andrus stood as best man and Mary Richard did her duty as matron of honor. Our warmest congratulations.
Krewe Joie de Vie de Acadiana held its fourth annual Mardi Gras Ball at the Rayne Civic Center to the theme of “Welcome to the Jungle.” King Louis IV Jared Monk and Queen Anna IV Cheryl Mueller presided over a turnout of over 400. “We’re a small krewe, but we’re growing,” said her majesty. Joie de Vie comprised of members from Acadia and Lafayette parishes, including some from outside Louisiana.