The Krewe of Iduna celebrated its 56th annual Mardi Gras Ball with a “Run for the Roses” Jan. 9. Welcoming krewe members and guests to the River Center Exhibition Hall were krewe President Jennifer Meyer and Rhonda Caraccioli, president of the Past Captains.
Presiding over the evening’s tableau as “Lady Luck” was Ball Captain Alice Bilisoly Bahlinger, who made her entrance in a shower of fireworks.
Reigning as King Bragi LVI was Benjamin Reiser, husband to krewe member Rieta Howard Reiser. His pages were Andrew Michael Hansen, son of Holly Graphia and David Michael Hansen, and Devon Michael Rosendahl, son of Angele and Chris Rosendahl.
Reigning as Queen Iduna LVI was Amanda Dorothy Bingham, daughter of Allyson Caplan Angle. Her pages were Emma Elizabeth Baron, daughter of Christie and Chris Baron, and Mia Grace Burtch-Mince, daughter of board member Jennifer Burtch and Jeremy Mince.
The tableau also featured six maids. They included:
Victoria Ann Reddington, daughter of Tammy and Bill Reddington, represented “Thunder over Louisville” in recognition of the sound the horses make as they race for the finish line. She was escorted by Duke T.J. Menke, husband of krewe board member Ashlee Menke.
Camille Elizabeth Gianfala, daughter of Jodi and Todd Gianfala, represented “Pegasus,” the winged divine stallion of Greek mythology. Her father served as her duke and escort.
Michele Therese Chaky, daughter of Sindey and Joel Chaky, represented the “Great Balloon Race,” in honor of the colorful hot air balloons that fill the sky during derby season. Her father served as her duke and escort.
Elizabeth Ann Feltner, daughter of Kim and Mark Feltner, represented “Churchill Downs,” site of the Kentucky Derby. Her father served as her duke and escort.
Maegan Dianne Daquano, daughter of Jenni and John Hubert and Derron and Tyana Daquano, represented “Mint Julep,” the signature cocktail of the derby. Her father served as her duke and escort.
Madison Elizabeth Delacroix, daughter of Denise and Mille Delacroix, represented the “Roses” that are draped over the winning horse. Her father served as her duke and escort.
Entertaining guests with choreographed dance numbers depicting aspects of the Kentucky Derby were the couples and ladies of the krewe.
The tableau’s finale was a re-enactment of the Kentucky Derby, with several past kings serving as horses and jockeys.