DCMG: that's Party Girl shorthand for Washington Mardi Gras, and it was great to be back this year, especially with Lafayette so well represented. Queen Elizabeth Chance, daughter of Tom and Lisa Chance, reigned with poise and elegance, as did Lafayette princesses: Jessica Abel, Leigh Ackal, Autumn Breaux, Dayna Haynie, Ashley Mills, Mary-Frances Neuner, Fallon Goodson and Claire Noell and two visiting queens, Michelle Blanchet of The Order of the Troubadours and Emily Breaux of the Krewe of Gabriel. For the business leaders and politicos among the local entourage, the extended weekend can best be summarized in two words: Suite success. It was the first time in the event's 50-year history that Lafayette Parish hosted a hospitality suite, and it was the buzz of the ball. The French ambassador, dozens of travel writers, business leaders and south Louisiana chamber of commerce officials used it for networking and meetings. My favorite surprise guests were the three young Secret Service agents who decided that the bureau needs an office in Lafayette and the two Swedish flight attendants Flo Meadows met on the elevator. Now that's what I call hospitality. And many thanks to Donna and Greg Landry for playing shutterbug over the weekend. Since they took all the photos, Party Girl got to, well, party!
People are often surprised to learn that Lafayette's oldest krewe is Oberon, which was formed for children 78 years ago by The Catholic Daughters of Charity. With its glittering costumes, the tableau is one of the city's most stunning. With the antics of the children, it's also one of the most entertaining. But nothing is more fun to watch than the dance party held after the program. Dancing the night away were King William Walker Gates, Queen Alexis Bronner, Hannah and Caitlyn Eid, Lauren Graham, Jacob and John LeMugnier ' even krewe president Leah Mosing joined the line dances and rarely missed a step.
One more Mardi Gras note: last week Party Girl was remiss for not acknowledging Kent Hutslar's pictures from the Krewe of Apollo ball. The long, tall shooter has been the official photographer for the krewe since forever and has accumulated quite a portfolio of work. He's been tapped for big photo exhibit on the west coast later this year and plans to include the Apollo shots in the exhibit ' which will make his work a show-stopper for sure.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank 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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
The must have pieces this season
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.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
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.