The Mystic Krewe of Apollo's question for its 2007 Mardi Gras Ball ' "Weather or Not!" ' was answered resoundingly. At the royalty announcement party on Saturday, Oct. 21, the heavens opened at the Townhouse. At times it seemed the rain was going to convert the Garden Terrace back to its former life as a swimming pool. But the tent held, and festivities proceeded with Apollo's typical blend of exuberance and extravagance. My favorite outfits of the evening evoked the Paris catwalk and Moulin Rouge. The spirit of the night was definitely filled with Carnival revelry, and I danced until my little feet were worn out.
After the early Mardi Gras festivities, it was time for Halloween and pumpkin-carving again at the B-O-Odreauxs! Anyone with a magic marker, carving knife and sweet treats can have a pumpkin-carving good time, but Chuck and Lisa Boudreaux are real pros. I joined the children and carved a pumpkin for the first time in my life, while the Orange Kool-Aid flowed freely. Tall and little ones joined together in a fun-filled family environment in the Camelot subdivision that truly spoke of neighborhood spirit. I'm already sharpening my carving knife for the Boudreaux's 6th annual Halloween gathering next year.
From there it was onto Firefly Digital's Halloween celebration, where everyone had a ghoulishly good time. Amongst the many guests were ghouls and goblins, witches and warlocks as well as Rhett Butler, Scarlett O'Hara, the Cat in the Hat and Marty McFly from Back to the Future. Sipping on "Skeletinis" and dancing to the tunes of D.J. Bobby Novasad, the crowd was also entertained and enthralled by the magic tricks of "Magic Mike." Keith Sonnier did an awesome job in carving pumpkins with the Firefly logo, and the Firefly staff decorated the place to look positively creepy. I missed the opportunity to have my cards read by Tarot card reader extraordinaire Pamela Bradley, but I predict the fall 2007 holiday season is going to be a great one!
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
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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.
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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?
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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.