January arrived with ice in her veins. But around Acadiana things were sizzling hot as Mardi Gras festivities filled venues with serious revelers dressed to kill.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
January arrived with ice in her veins. But around Acadiana things were sizzling hot as Mardi Gras festivities filled venues with serious revelers dressed to kill. The entire season took off Jan. 5 with the ball of Krewe of Carnivale en Rio. With Janice LeBlanc at the helm as queen and her husband Marty serving as king, the ball at the Cajundome Convention Center was everything one could imagine of a fête honoring Brazil — feathers, glitter, a dazzling crowd and even more dazzling court.
The gents of Brigands took to the beach in style after a bevy of their lovely ladies warmed up for the ball at The Heymann Center. The tradition of ladies who wait lining the sidewalk in ball gowns sipping cocktails at their appointed tables proved the pre-party can be almost as fabulous as the main event.
And then there were the ever über fabulous fellas of Apollo who hosted a three-hour pageant for 2,500 attendees themed “Apollo’s Lost Jungle.” The pageant included mystical animals, Indiana Jones and lots of dancing in a fête fit for a king (and a convention center full of queens.)
1. Sara Milam and Hannah Vice 2. Daryl and Anne Doise 3. Chelsea Rowe, Danielle Pitre and Brooke Nele 4. Victoria Toups and Blaine Ussery 5. Kirk and Shannon Lynd 6. Sasha Lecompte and Erica Lukasko 7. Karen and Russell Chalmers 8. Matt Gaspard and Catherine Goudeau 9. Amber Cain, Chrissy Ducote and Lauren Ducote 10. Danny Bonaventure, David Broussard, Michael Welch and Jim Shafer 11. Leah McGrath and Alton Courville 12. Argen West, Britney Meche and Elizabeth Toca 13. Ernesto Egoavil and Melody Weiss 14. Chris and Lauren Brouillette, and Dane and Kayl Rochon 15. Elizabeth Charlotte Koke 16. Merilyn Crain
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.