Babylon says ‘Thanks for the Memories’

Sargon LXIX and his queen, Miss Samantha Claire Montgomery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Shannon Montgomery, reigned over the diamond anniversary bal masque of the Knights of Babylon in the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the New Orleans Marriott following the krewe’s annual Carnival street procession along the traditional St. Charles Avenue route Thursday, Feb. 27.

For their ball and parade, the krewe selected the theme, “Thanks for the Memories.”

Maids to the royal court for the 75th anniversary were Misses Caroline Esther Carlson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Carlson; Kirsten Taylor Hagardorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerard John Hagardorn; Catherine Antoinette Kalifeh and Juliet Carden Kalifeh, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell M. Kalifeh III; and Sarah Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stone Jr.

Princesses to her majesty were Misses Caroline Margaret Berger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Steven Berger; Hannah Marie DeJohn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Alan DeJohn; Lauren Anne DesRoches, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Edward DesRoches; Lucy Bales Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Brent Edwards; Sophia Anna Musso, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Louis Musso; and Elizabeth Shayne Scaffidi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Victor Scaffidi.

Ladies in waiting to her majesty were Misses Anne Constant Barone and Lucie Clare Barone, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paul Barone; Olivia Chloe Bergen and Sophia Grace Bergen, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Carl Bergen; Abigail Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Franklin Brown Jr.; Jane Burke-Hennessy Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Brent Edwards; Avery Claire Jeansonne, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Michael Jeansonne Jr.; Katherine Rita Luscy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mark Luscy; Hadley Elizabeth Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Matthew Mary, Sr.; and Addison Renee Perry, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Carlton James Perry.

Pages to their majesties were Masters Cameron Matthew Mary Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mary; Christian Cade McMillan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Ryan McMillan; Samuel Joseph Noveck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin David Noveck; Caden Clifton Perry, son of Dr. and Mrs. Carlton James Perry; and Charles Cole Sinclair, son of Mr. Cayman Charles Sinclair and Mrs. Mary Minigutti-Sinclair Toce.

For her reign, the queen wore a gold beaded gown of Alençon lace with a full train. The neckline and empire waistline were trimmed with Swarovski crystals and Austrian rhinestones, also studding the entire gown. The traditional Babylon double Medici collar of gold Alençon lace was trimmed with rhinestones and embellished with teardrop crystals. Her mantle, matching his majesty’s, was white velvet bordered with ermine and embroidered with gold and silver sequins and sparkling jewels, outlining the Babylon crest.

The Knights’ parade paid tribute to Mrs. Charles Myrtle Mary, who played a key role in the organization from 1961 until her passing at age 98 on January 2013.

Thr Knights’ presentation emphasized Babylon’s tradition of tableau balls by highlighting memories. The ball began with the introduction of 25 former Babylon queens. The captain presented each with an anniversary gift designed by local artist India Stewart.

During the evening’s festivities, the 2013 queen, Miss Samantha Claire Persich, was given a bouquet of orchids at her presentation to the royals.

General chairman for the ball was retired Lt. Col. Robert A. Brown and vice general chairman was Mr. J. Ronald Atchley. Committeemen were Messrs. Amos Cormier, William L. Danflous, Robert M. Geraci, Michael J. Haydel, Maurice H. Olivier Jr., Jack P. Rizzuto, Will Sigl, John A. Tessitore, Anton P. Yrle, George Zimmer, Drs. Timothy A. Melancon and David M. Mulnick, and Kenner Mayor Michael S. Yenni.

Prior to the ball, a royal court reception was held in honor of the queen and her court at the Lafayette Hotel.

Following the ball, a gala supper dance was held in honor of her majesty and her royal court in the Grand Ballroom with music by Jubilation.