It's tradition in Lafayette that the ladies line up for the annual Les Brigands de Lafitte Mardi Gras ball, never to be disappointed. But this year the ladies in waiting arrived to find cafÃ© tables and chairs, a complimentary bar and hors d'oeuvres, thanks to the krewe's anointed grand dame, Merilyn Crain. It was a nice surprise ' a thoughtful touch' and our dainty toes were ever-so-thankful. The theme of this year's ball was Meauxtown Madness and Jean Lafitte the 53rd was certainly in the groove. As is also Brigands tradition, the maids are escorted to join the tableau by masked members of the court and the queen is announced at the end of the program, a surprise to all, including emcee Ernie Alexander, who doesn't know until he opens the envelope. This year's queen was Christine Elizabeth Comeaux, and her court included Martha Byrd, Amanda Champagne, Jennifer Mereby, Hailey Deas, Sara Youngue, Renee Walker, Anne Holleman and Wilhemina Ross. Among the lucky ladies seen during the call-out dances were Dana Armentor, Susan Strait, Margaret Trahan, Ann Laurent and Judy Wade.
Among all of the celebrations during the beginning of the year and one close to my heart, Party Girl loves Valentine's Day ' and all the chocolate associated with it! Party Girl is especially happy these days; Dawn's Maison de Chocolat is open to serve all of my sweet cravings. Recently a ribbon cutting was held with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. All in attendance were treated to a delicious chocolate sampling of Dawn's famous Belgian chocolate ' just enough to keep one desiring more!
Party On! ' PG
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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 Friday, December 20, 2013:
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
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The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.
In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start focusing on the children and stop battling Superintendent Pat Cooper.