The Krewe of Xanadu held its annual Royalty Tea at Le Triomphe to announce the characters and theme of its Mardi Gras ball, scheduled for March 4 at the Cajundome Convention Center. The ladies of the krewe enjoyed sipping on cocktails and visiting with other members while dressed in Sunday best attire, which included many incredible hats. The theme this year will be “Louisiana Xanadu Style,” and the theme muse is Larayn Guidroz. The characters will represent unique features of our great state, including magnolias, pelicans and the fleur de lis. The krewe recently followed up with a fall social, “Voodoo Bash on the Bayou” at Grant Street Dance Hall. Xanadu’s voodoo vixens attended for an evening of potions, charms and conjuring. Members dressed in voodoo costumes mingled as they enjoyed cocktails, DJ music and food prepared by one of Xanadu’s members, caterer Sally Guidry.
Hunt Slonem’s magnificent “On the Bayou” exhibit served as the backdrop for the president’s dinner held at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. Kim Veillon of Party Central decorated the main gallery to the hilt, topping tables with gorgeous bouquets of fresh calla lilies and hydrangeas in simple glass vases. Students from UL Lafayette’s Dining Services program served up a savory shrimp and grits entrée followed by an exquisite chocolate-layered dessert topped with edible flowers. The elegant event launched the museum’s $3 million fundraising effort to support future exhibits.
|Royalty court 2011 at the Royalty Tea||Royalty court with King Xanadu XXI Rick Voth
and Queen Xanadu XXI Rickey Maloney
|Guests Debbie Mills, Donna Lyon
nd Dianne Carlisle
|The 2011 royalty “voodoo” court|
|Most creative costume contestants||Best costume contest winners Paulette Blanchet,
Donna Lyon, Amanda Shepard and Susan Moncrief
|Voodoo necklace winners Michelle Blanchet,
Bettie Sonnier (1st prize) and Darsy Babin
|Dr. Jean and Walter O’Roark|
|Butch Bailey, Cherie Kraft and Bugy Bailey||UL Lafayette President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie
and Mark Tullos
|Butch and Bugy Bailey, Mark Tullos Jr.,
Jenny Cole and Cherie Kraft
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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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.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Tender meat and crispy bread create a white-linen-worthy sandwich
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.