|George and Wendy Rodrigue||Will and Sandra Mills|
|Ann Fenstermaker and a mystery reveler||Judy Mahtook and a mystery reveler|
|Rusty and Brenda Cloutier||King Bill, Queen Dayna and ball chairman, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany|
|King Bill and Queen Dayna make their way through the crowds||U.S. David Vitter and his wife, Wendy|
|Princess Ellen Callecod and her father, David Callecod||Daynese and Randy Haynie, and Madlyn Hilliard|
|Christine Lemoine and Renée Despot||
Energy-Louisiana Style was the theme of this year’s Washington Mardi Gras, but as you might imagine, most of the energy was spent passing a grand time at the decades old celebration. Make no mistake, though, we did get the message out about Louisiana’s role in the energy needs of the country — specifically the growing importance of clean-burning natural gas. Friday’s economic development luncheon was followed by an energy roundtable with six oil and gas executives from Lafayette giving their views on the state of the industry and the direction of its future. Among those in attendance were Stone Energy’s Dave Welch, Petroquest’s Charles Goodson, Superior Energy Services’ Ken Blanchard, Merlin Energy’s Mark Miller, and Beta Land Services’ Bryan Hanks and Marlin Energy’s Gus Zepernick.
But enough for the business. The night before the luncheon thousands packed into the Washington Hilton’s ballroom for one of the most popular events of the weekend: Louisiana Alive. Top chefs from the area cooked up tasty treats, as Louisiana musicians entertained the crowd.
The weekend belonged to King Bill Fenstermaker and his queen, Dayna Elizabeth Haynie. Both were chosen by this year’s ball chairman, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, who attended all of the weekend’s events with his wife, Bridget.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu did a stellar job captaining the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians, those masked political luminaries, members of the congressional delegation, public officials and Louisiana business execs. Among the local Krewe members at the Grand Ball were Joe Broussard (senior lieutenant), Tyron Picard, Dr. Bob Tarpy, Glenn Armentor, John Bernhardt, Mark Ackal (winner of “Golden Krewe bag” award this year as hardest working Krewe member), Randy Haynie, Frank Neuner, Joey Durel and Glenn Fritcher.
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
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.
The easy one-piece way to style
Comfy feet for long days
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.