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.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.