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
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.