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.
It wouldn’t be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before.
The Democratic incumbent, seeking her fourth term in office, is a strong supporter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. companies.
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The world is a politically tense place these days with hot spots ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. In Louisiana and Mississippi, where the political chessboard tends to be a lot less threatening and at times entertaining, this election season is living up to expectations.
As this year’s budget process slogs forward and the Lafayette Parish School Board maintains its hard-headed stance against using any of its more than $60 million reserve fund, another slate of critical programs have rolled through the chopping block, despite the ramifications for the school system.
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American companies export smog; UN calls for cease-fire in Gaza; fist bump keeps germ transfer down and more national and international news for Monday, July 28, 2014.
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Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that the Hoosier State’s ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution.
The eclectic vibe of summer
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The parent of Investar Bank says its second-quarter earnings fell to $1.1 million or 26 cents a share from $1.7 million of 44 cents a share in the same period a year ago.
1,554 rigs were exploring for oil and 315 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,770 active rigs.
The Saints are being cautious in an effort to minimize risk of re-injury.
Most personal auto insurance policies exclude coverage when people charge money to drive others in their personal vehicles.
In this letter to the editor, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb (the board's former president) weighs in on the difficulty behind this year's budget process, calling out a number of his fellow board members over their inability to drop their power struggle with the superintendent and make the interests of the students a top priority.
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LSU Health Sciences Center says people with a common, hard-to-treat kind of lung cancer can join a new national trial to test drugs faster.
As New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis spoke about the opening of training camp, steep, tree-covered mountains were in full view behind them.
The family of fallen cyclist Lon Lomas is speaking out after the release this week of the man charged with his death.
"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better."
A refreshing twist at a Lafayette institution comes served with a black bean salad stuffed avocado
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
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Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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