|Perhaps Party Girl’s favorite party of the year to cover is the The Krewe of Xanadu’s annual Spring Social in May. After all, keeping the Mardi Gras spirit going all year long is one of my mantras. The Xanadu “Disco Divas” put on their boogie shoes to dance the night away at River Oaks in Lafayette. While every fashionista — and fasionista-wannabe — pulled out their most fabulous frocks and flashiest platform shoes, Party Girl played it low-key with a blonde wig and a very cool retro dress with a psychedelic print. I think with all my decorations, I actually looked like a bit of a wallflower. At least Party Girl’s identity was safe! Prizes were given for the best costumes including best hair, best boogie shoes, best female, best male and best couple. I suspect my friends and dexterous divas, Joan Moody and Erin Spisak, were the ingenious sisters that came up with the theme of this party. I’ll have to call you when I need a clever idea — you girls rock!
Rocking, rolling and two-stepping was the order of the weekend at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the last big spring festival blowout before summer heat kicked in. Since I don’t mind getting sweaty with a drink in my hand, the muddy dance floor was calling Party Girl’s name. (Lore has it that every Crawfish Festival it pours down early in the mornings before the festival begins.) I suppose I stuck out a bit with my high heels, as shrimp boots were probably the more appropriate dancewear.
To keep me going throughout festival weekend, Party Girl sampled a little bit of everything from the amazing food spread. From fried soft shell crab po-boys, alligator burgers, crawfish étouffée, crawfish dogs and crawfish jambalaya, I tried it all — and I couldn’t resist some boudin and cracklins too. What better fuel for Cajun and zydeco dancing? Party Girl jumped at the chance to see Keith Frank, and I was fired up to be able to use my press pass to get back stage and hang out with the 2008 Crawfish King, Mr. CJ Leblanc, and Crawfish Queen, Miss Nonnie Berard. After a full weekend of sweet Louisiana sounds and eats, I’m already counting down the days to next year’s Crawfish Festival.
Party On! — PG
Susan Moncrief and Rickie Maloney
Brenda Dudley, Phyllis Boudreaux, Stephanie McDaniel and Michele Landry
Front: Kris Steuart, Erin Spisak, Stephanie McDaniel and Paula Goodman; Back: Sean McDaniel and Doug Spisak
Dicky Guidry, Jesse Guidry, Jeannese Guidry, Jordan Guidry and Jacques Guidry
Angelique Bernard and Dona Richard
Sidney Guidry, 2008 Junior Miss St. Martin
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
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State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
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Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.