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
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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