As Twelfth Night kicked off the Mardi Gras season, so did the 12th Night Revelers with karaoke, dancing and beautiful flowers at River Oaks. (A party can never have too many fabulous flower arrangements.) The group has celebrated every 12th night for a fitting 12 years now and annually names next year's royalty before the night ends. King Joe Broussard and Queen Konie Heard really raised the bar this year, and Michel Heard and Vicki Milam will take over the reigns in 2006. Those celebrating included Judy and Robert Wade, David and Gina Calagero, George and Martha Latiolais, Phyllis and Gene Walters and Mo and Charles Trent. Sisters Kasi Comeaux, Queen Konie and Kerry Champagne also hit the karaoke machine for a rendition of "We Are Family" (the girls are three of seven sisters), while Martha, Phyllis, Gina, Konie and Judy demanded some "Respect."
At the Les Brigands de Lafitte Ball at the Frem Boustany Ballroom of the Heymann Center, governors masked as characters from the region, and Ed Preis presided as a most festive Jean Lafitte. The tropical theme produced characters from Jimmy Buffett to RastaMan, and Queen Renee Judice handled the raucous krewe with grace and charm. Among the attendees were Chris Fisher, Susan Strait, Jeanie Simon, Lilly Billeaud, Donna Mellington, Ann Laurent and Sterling LeJeune, Elaine Abel, Mimi Colvin, Missy Ross and Barry and Claire Bohn. And everybody had, well, a ball!
The Krewe of Brew, aka Marcello's Brewmasters Club, had a ball at Ken Wells' Travels with Barley booksigning and beer tasting recently. The Wall Street Journal's Wells, a native of Bayou Black, traveled the country to answer the question, "Where's the perfect beer joint?" Attendees of the signing got answers to that question and more, in addition to a chance to visit with fellow novelist Sharon Arms Doucet. Del Leggett and president of the Brewmasters Club Jim Boudreaux also enjoyed the hops.
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Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank, of Lafayette, for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, April 17, 2014:
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
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