Former Xanadu Queens and present, Kim Domingue,
Donna Lyon, Kim Bartels, Dianne Carlisle, Debra Sonnier
and Debbie Mills
King Leopold III Riley Barber, Queen Astrid I Margaret McCarron
& Queen Elizabeth IX Ivy Leleux
Czarina Anastasia X, Savannah Robbins
The Krewe of Xanadu is one gift-giving, party-throwing group of gals! Seems the invitations never stop, including the annual soiree for this year's court held recently at Queen Xanadu XVIII Diane Carlisle’s beautiful Fernewood home. I’m sure glad Party Girl’s not on duty to help this rockin’ royalty write thank-you notes. They’ll need the energy of Tina Turner herself to tackle that task.
Katherine Supple celebrated her big 17th birthday party recently with a festive gathering of friends at La Fonda (where else?). A dozen of her best pals shared chips, dips and lots of laughs. And what a fabulous birthday cake, shaped just like a box from Tiffany’s, complete with ribbons of white icing on top.
King Harold IX Christopher Fuqua
Brandon Savoy, Emma May and Guneez Ibrihim
Margaret McCarron and Katie Como
Andrew Broussard and Andrew Comeaux
Jeunes Amis rocks the house!
These days it seems that there are as many Mardi Gras soirees for kids as there are for those of us adults who remain kids at heart. Le Krewe des Jeunes Amis was the second children’s krewe of the season to host its tableau and ball. Established 12 years ago with the idea that all children should be king or queen, Jeunes Amis’ royalty — who are all 7th and 8th graders — reign for one evening over the country of their choosing. They also get to design their own costumes, which is great fun. Younger krewe members dress in theme, which this year was “Get Your Game On!” From Twister and Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head to Clue and Operation, the clever young revelers let their creativity shine. And for the young dance crowd, who made every minute until their midnight curfew count, deejay Brad Murphree was the hit of the evening. Guess you could say they rocked around the world.
Lots more krewe reports to come. The maidens of Attakapas and The Children’s Krewe of Camelot celebrated last weekend with Versailles and Troubadours coming soon. Later mega-krewes — Xanadu, Triton and Bonaparte — ramp up to Mardi Gras Day, where Gabriel will host the final soiree of the season. Until then, there are lots more glittering gatherings. In fact, Party Girl got a tip that King Richard Coeur de Lion’s luncheon is a coveted invitation again this year and is checking her mailbox daily.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.