Krewe of Xanadu revved its Mardi Gras motor at “Amazing Race,” a fall social plus scavenger hunt, courtesy of Kacey Patrick, Lissa Adkins and Stefani Celio. There was dinner, dancing and DJ Jeramie Kinnerson to get the party started before teams competed for prizes and prestige. “Some are judges; some will race,” said Debbie Mills, herself on the judging committee. Oyster shots, Brie and apple appetizers, light-up tutus from Party City — what happens at the Home2 Suites stays at Home2 Suites. Clearly welcoming some Carnival chaos were Maria Blandin, Gabriel Bartels and, ladies, we’d still like to know what the buffalo head was about.

Keeping Abreast of Things

The 24th annual Breast Health Symposium culminated in a fashion show at Le Pavillon featuring some resilient and lovely ladies. “We work hard to celebrate life,” said volunteer Patricia Duplechin. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Institute for Breast Health went off the theme “I am More,” highlighting 30 women who’ve refused to back down after being diagnosed. Enjoying some Petroleum Club hors d’oeuvres, as well as the evening, was survivorship chair JoaAnne Miller, Martha Falterman and Michelle Devall, whose son Stephen was a catwalk escort. That’s a mighty good man.

Lip Sync Battle on the Bayou

The battle raged on at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Union Ballroom, instigated by the St. Thomas More Parent Teacher Club. Nine teams composed of parents, alumni and Cougar supporters performed to the hits, including Off Call, Notorious M.O.J., The Top 10s, Frosh off the Boat, Not So Soul Train, Low T & the Hot Flashes, Tigers Burning Through the Decades, The Jivin’ Jays and Two Old Geezers, coaches Danny Broussard and Doug Taylor. The dollar-per-vote fun-raiser profits will go toward modernizing the school’s two science labs.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at