|Linda Alesi and Bettie Sonnier||Margaret Trahan, Jennifer Whitmore, June Pellerin and Kim Domingue|
|Greg Trahan and Lisa Boudreaux||Lisa Boudreaux and Kim Bartels|
|June Pellerin and Denise Brignac||Ashley Guidry, Lissa Schmitt, Courtney Habbit, Kim Benoit, Nancy Northcutt, Cherry Fisher May, Queen Xanadu XIX Debbie Mills, and Dana Orley|
|Jim and Carol Ann Piccione||Kay Prejean, Jim and Shanna Higginbotham and Jerry Prejean|
|Dolly Brandt, Jessica Cornay, Elizabeth Bernard & Claire Bohn|
The Krewe of Xanadu has been busy in recent months. The annual announcement dinner took place at the Petroleum Club, when the theme “Xanadu Celebrates 20 Years — We’re Tickled Pink” was presented along with King Xanadu XX, Greg Trahan, Queen Xanadu XX, Lisa Boudreaux and the nine royal muses. With everyone thinking pink, one can only imagine what krewe captain Naomi Maraist has in mind for her costume this year but muse characters will include a pink poodle, a pink cosmo, pink ballerina, pink flamingo, pink playboy bunny, pink Bo Peep, Sleeping Beauty, and cotton candy; theme muse Kay Laviolette will portray Xanadu’s “Signature Girl.” More recently, the muses of last year’s court passed along the commemorative memento boxes to the XXth, a very sweet tradition. La Fonda was the venue of choice for this festive Saturday brunch, which was abuzz with plans for the 2010 ball on February 12. That’s when Xanadu will take the runway at The Cajundome Convention Center with its usual savoie-flair! Mardi Gras to the World!
With the precision of a physician, Jim Piccione spent months carefully planning his wife Carol Ann's surprise 40th birthday party, with attention to every detail. The set up? Her gal pals Crystall Young, Christin Barrios and Katherine Domingue took the honoree out for a few cocktails with plans to meet Jim and the guys at Tsunami a little later. Little did Carol Ann know as they worked their way through the dining room toward Lounge that dozens of friends were waiting there to share in the big celebration. It was evident from the delight on Carol Ann's face as she parted the curtains to enter the party that Jim totally succeeded in his mission. As Carol Ann said in an e-mail to all the next day: “I still cannot believe it! Thank you for helping my wonderful husband pull this off. I feel so very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!”
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
The must have pieces this season
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.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
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.