The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Inc. held its annual coronation ball Friday evening at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center featuring the crowning of Brent D. Washington, King Zulu Elect, and Troye M. Washington, Queen Zulu Select.
“Celebrating the Tricentennial Zulu Style” was the theme of the coronation ball. Rodney P. Mason Sr., chaplain, opened with a prayer. Dennis Robertson Jr., chairman of Carnival activities for the organization, blew the traditional whistle indicating the start of the ball. The Marine Corps Band New Orleans played “The Star-Spangled Banner.
Clifton Jones served as coordinator of the coronation and Clarence A. Becknell Sr., Zulu historian emeritus, served as the official master of ceremonies.
Naaman C. Stewart, president, presented the welcome address for the organization. The officers and board of directors, 2018 Zulu characters, coronation chairman and Carnival principles were introduced.
The 2018 royal court became official when Donna M. Glapion, Queen Zulu 2017, crowned Mrs. Washington queen and Adonis C. Exposé, King Zulu 2017, crowned Mr. Washington king.
The royal court of his majesty included Randolph M. Davis and Dr. Michael J. McKnight Sr., the king’s charges d’affaires; Brent Washington Jr. and Bryce Washington, the royal princes; and Camden Leon Scott, the prince. The King’s Tribesmen included Halbert W. Chambers, Troy J. Jackson Sr., Freddie L. Jones, Burnell Scales Sr., Keith Thomas and Sterling D. Williams Jr. Pages to his majesty included Windell Thomas Bean III, Khalib Lee, Chance E. Taylor, Eric Trenton Coleman Vaughn, Tahj J. Jackson, the king's royal page. A host of dukes, advisors and aides that assisted the king.
The royal court of her majesty included Ashley Jenkins and Jefferson Reese Sr., the queen’s chargés d'affaires. The Queen’s Tribesmen included Terrance D. Madison, Tracy Madison, and Aristide C. Williams Sr. The queen’s attendants included Rhonda B. Barney, Tyra J. Brown, Gaynell W. George, Anita B. Madison, Yolanda S. McGowan, Monique M. Scott, Olivette G. Temple, Lesley E. Thomas, Dionne B. West and Marcia C. Williams. The majestic royal princesses were Sommer A. Madison and Taryn J. Madison. The royal page was Peri C. Smith and the pages were Brooke Alexis, Angele M. Barrow, Ryla D. Garrett, Cai Hales, Brooklynn A. Jackson and Bailey Fields. A host of dukes, consultants, aides and assistants also attended her majesty.
As the monarchs were escorted to their throne, the maids were introduced by Darrin Mire, announcer.
Serving in the court were Misses Caleigh Elizabeth Gauthier, king’s maid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek W. Gauthier Sr.; India Medora Keys, queen’s maid, daughter of Mr. Marland Keys and Mrs. Mary Green-Keys; Aliyah Jordan East, daughter of Mr. Alfloyd East and Mrs. Yulonda East; Michaela Feliz Stevenson, daughter of Ms. Inger Faith Stevenson; Nia Angelique Brown, daughter of Mr. Giovanni Brown and Ms. Mechall Brown; Nia Jacenta Hudson, daughter of Mr. Robert Hudson and Mrs. Nicolette Hudson; Maici Ellyce Williams, daughter of Mr. Landon Williams Sr. and Dr. Shondra Williams; and Camry Lacey Wharton, daughter of Mr. Derrick Patrick Wharton and Mrs. Chenelle Marie Lacey Wharton.
Also serving in the court were Misses Kenadi Robyn Maupin, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert T. Maupin; Autumn Symone Williams, daughter of Mr. Mitchell Williams and Mrs. Anittra Williams; Kaitlyn Carolyn Williams, daughter of Mr. Arnold Williams and Mrs. Trena Williams; Tayla Breyon Gaines, daughter of Mr. Jeffery T. Smith Jr. and Ms. India Reed; Deja Chanice Crayton, daughter of Mr. Marvin Crayton and Dannelle Crayton; Jalen Demi Moore, daughter of Ms. Pamela Moore; Aaliyah Marie Dumas, daughter of Mrs. Brandi Dumas Zeno; and Mhya Monique Brown, daughter of Mr. Errol Brown and Mrs. Tyra Brown.
Additional maids in the court were Misses Destynee Jireh Payne, daughter of Mr. Damon Payne Sr. and Dr. Taisha Williams-Payne; KeNaydj Trena’ Montgomery, daughter of Mr. Keith Montgomery and Mrs. Naydja Montgomery; Kailey Trenice Strozier, daughter of Mr. Trent Strozier and Mrs. Kendra Price Strozier; Jada A. Taylor, daughter of Mr. James Hamilton III and Ms. Tiawana Taylor; Ziniece Marie Winfield, daughter of Mr. Kevin Winfield and Mrs. Tonya Winfield; Aalaina Camille Newman, daughter of Mr. Charles Dexter Newman and Ms. Dana Gable Newman; and Summer Johnson, daughter of Mr. Anthony Johnson and Mrs. Tammy Johnson.
The ball continued with recognition of sponsors, presentations and the night’s entertainment featuring recording artists Fantasia, EnVogue, Rebirth Brass Band, DJ Captain Charles and more.