Knights of Momus stage 143rd bal masque

The merry Knights of Momus, for the 143rd time, recreated their traditional ceremony of the scrolls when they staged their 2014 bal masque at the LaSalle Ballroom of the Hotel InterContinental. As is the custom for this krewe, the stage setting was dominated by Momus’s famous slogan “Dum Vivimus Vivamus”, which means “While We Live, Let Us Live.”

Seated on the royal dais with Momus, the god of Mirth and Mockery, was Miss Claire Elizabeth Plauché, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Anthony Plauché, chosen to rule over the evening’s festivities.

Maids to her majesty were Misses Virginia Legier Alpaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Roussel Alpaugh; Hayley Louise Hoefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Ernst Hoefer; Olivia Talbot Huppman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Reed Huppman and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peel Wolfe; and Miss Jennitfer Leigh St. Paul, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Honore St. Paul III.

The ball opened as Momus arrived in his royal chariot. Following a greeting to his gathered subjects, he assumed the throne. His majesty then instructed the general chairman of the ball, Mr. Michael Kevin Fitzpatrick, to take the regal scroll bearing the name of the demoiselle selected to reign as queen for the evening. He searched the call-out section for Miss Plauché. Once located, she was presented with the document declaring her queen of the ball.

The captain escorted Miss Plauché to join Momus on the throne. At this time a crown, on which the Momus crest glowed softly, was placed upon the young queen’s head. Placed upon her shoulders, atop a traditional white ball gown, was a mantle of gold lamé bearing the crest of the Knights of Momus and adorned with Austrian crystal rhinestones and sequins. The queen was presented with the traditional cascade bouquet of white orchids.

In the wake of the captain of the krewe came the dukes, each carrying a scroll bearing the name of a young lady who would be a maid in the court of the ball. Again, there was a search of the call-out section. After the young ladies had been located, they were presented with their scrolls and the traditional cascade bouquets of yellow cymbidium orchids. The maids were escorted by their dukes to the dais in preparation for the grand march.

Once the court returned to the dais, last year’s queen, Miss Sarah Woodward Parkerson, was presented to their majesties and given a bouquet of red roses. After the captain returned Miss Parkerson to her seat, the 50-year queen, Mrs. Patrick Lawrason Butler, who reigned with Momus as Miss Lucie Minor Ewin, was greeted by their majesties. She was also given a bouquet of red roses.

Immediately following the ball was a supper honoring the queen and her royal entourage.