The Krewe of Endymion, a stupendous fixture in the Carnival firmament, presented "Endymion’s Constellations" Saturday, its 2017 parade and Extravaganza, celebrating the 51st year of the venerable krewe. Endymion journeyed through the cosmos and reminisced over the ancient meanings of these stars and their positions in the sky.
Dr. Parker A. Verlargo reigned as the monarch over the organization's daylong festivities, beginning with the Samedi Gras celebration in City Park at the parade's start and traversing the streets of Mid-City and downtown New Orleans to the waiting throngs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Reigning by his majesty's side was Queen Caroline Virginia Crosby. Her majesty is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hogan Crosby Sr. In keeping with Endymion's theme, the monarch was robed in an elaborate costume representing constellations with swirls of silver and gold. Royal blue stars and velvet adorned her fishtail gown, festooned with gold rhinestone appliqués with royal blue stars scattered on iridescent white sequined fabric.
The king's costume complemented his queen’s royal attire.
Four maids to her majesty served in the court of Endymion, representing a glittering assortment of celestial figures. Miss Lauren Marie Klemm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Marc Klemm, was costumed to represent the constellation of Gemini. Representing the Pisces constellation was Miss Megan Elizabeth Walters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Raleigh Walters. Miss Sarah Anne DeFreese, whose costume represented the Capricorn constellation, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ragan Earl DeFreese of Atlanta. Endymion’s fourth maid, representing the constellation of Leo, was Miss Jeanne Andre Lassere, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joseph Lassere.
The parade, which entered the domed stadium and served as a backdrop for the Extravaganza, had floats with titles such as the Constellations of Delphinus, Orion, Phoenix and Andromeda, as well as Endymion’s traditional signature floats, including their newest: Club Endymion and E-TV.
More than 20,000 guests danced to the music of '70s disco legend KC & The Sunshine Band, KISS, and pop sensation. Dian Diaz, The Wise Guys and Groovy 7 also performed.