Mardi Gras season is taking me completely by surprise this year. I was still out shopping for pumpkins to carve while the Krewe of Bonaparte held its annual fall cocktail party at the Petroleum Club in October. This event is the Krewe's first party of the Mardi Gras season and also serves to introduce new members to Bonaparte and its peculiar rights and rituals. You know that these guys are serious about gettin' down when the band for the evening is Groovy 7, brought in just for the evening from New Orleans. Rumor has it that the coming year's royalty court was present, but true to style all lips were sealed.
If you thought that Bonaparte got into the action early, watch out for The Krewe of Xanadu! This krewe has been prepping for Carnival 2008 for many months, starting with a selection luncheon for their 2008 royalty court at Cafe Vermilionville way back in May. Xanadu continued its mystical blessing of king and queen Xanadu XVII with a pool party at Le Triomphe followed by a royalty tea at the home of Naomi Maraist in July. The announcement dinner for the royal couple at River Oaks back in August lived up to Xanadu's theme for the up coming Mardi Gras ball: "Xanadu Gone Wild"! Characters included "Wild Cat," "Wild Ride," "Wild Child," "Wild Turkey" and the ever popular "Wet N' Wild." After having experienced firsthand what a wild ride Xanadu provided for all partygoers, Party Girl can't wait for the upcoming festivities this year leading up to the Krewe's Mardi Gras ball on Feb. 1, 2008.
Speaking of festivities, I was thrilled to attend the Women Who Mean Business gathering co-sponsored by The Training Source and Lounge. A chic, dimly-lit evening at the Lounge made for a cool setting. The evening was meant to celebrate the Independent Weekly's 2006-2007 Women Who Mean Business honorees, as well as give them an opportunity to get to know one another. Lounge/Tsunami co-owner Michele Ezell, a 2006 honoree, simultaneously served as gracious hostess and enthusiastic celebrant.
From parties celebrating business women to canine-assisted marriage proposals ' Party Girl loves all of it. A couple of weeks ago, Allen Dugas proposed to his soon to be wife Katie Reagor with the help of Belle and Lady ' two happy and obedient pooches. Jacey and Jude Simon provided the perfect venue with their pet boutique Spoiled and felt honored by the request. Allen and Katie met 10 years ago in high school and started dating after sharing a turkey leg and lemonade at a Renaissance Festival! According to Katie, Allen couldn't have proposed in a more perfect way. So, all you guys out there: take notes.
On other trails, Frank Camalo and cycling partner Peggy Connick participated in this year's "Ride for the Roses" in Austin, Texas. The annual event through the hill country of the Texas capital is sponsored by Lance Armstrong and serves as a fundraiser for his cancer research foundation. From what I was told, Peggy pulled her partner up a few of them Texas hills.
Party On! ' PG
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
Jefferson Street restaurant and pub debuts during Festival with limited menu.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Comfy feet for long days
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”