Hermes ball celebrates krewe’s diamond jubilee

“The Diamond Jubilee” was the glittering marquee attraction for the Krewe of Hermes on the occasion of its 75 anniversary at the 2014 Hermes Grand Ball at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Thursday, Feb. 27.

The venerable krewe, which will parade through the streets of Uptown New Orleans tonight, will carry out the theme with floats from street processions past.

Reigning over the festivities as the queen of the anniversary ball was Miss Shelby Elizabeth Sanderford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Britton Sanderford.

Her majesty’s maids were Misses Gabrielle Catherine Broders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Broders; Mary Elizabeth DeRouen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dominic DeRouen; Katherine Marie Eagan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Quinn Hugh Eagan; Hallie Reid Harris, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. George M. Harris Jr.; Jennifer Rae Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Rhea Jones; Courtney Michaelle Keller, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. Michael Courtney Keller and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip A. Wittmann; Reilly Pringle Rendeiro, daughter of the Mr. and Mrs. Gino John Rendeiro; Ashley Louis Roca, daughter of the Drs. Cesar Roca and Theresa Roca; and Naomi Marion Slack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Robert Slack.

The bearer of the scepter was Miss Katherine Amelia Solomon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore George Solomon Jr. The bearer of the flowers was Miss Isabella Michelle Mannino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mannino II.

Ladies in waiting to her majesty were Misses Devron Blais Barreca, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Joseph Barreca; Melanie Hayes DeMarcay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Raymond DeMarcay III; Jeanne-Claire Christina Franques, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andre Charles Franques; Ada Schoen Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Walet Holmes; Elizabeth Brinkmann Maniscalco, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Michael Maniscalco; Olivia Elizabeth O’Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric James O’Bell; Caroline Elizabeth Ortemond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lance David Ortemond; and Margaret Sinclair Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Alan Smith.

Pages to his majesty, Hermes LXXV, were Masters Liam James Amorosi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Andrew Amorosi; Landry Hill Beard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sherwood Beard; Pierce Frederick Conroy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Frederick Conroy; Richard Springer Favor Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Favor; Jacob Hanlon Midkiff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Michael Midkiff; Robert Allan Vosbein III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vosbein Jr.

Returning for the ball was the 2013 queen, Miss Taylor Leigh Ann Rees, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick S. Rees.

Committeemen responsible for the anniversary ball included Messrs. Andre Montz, Judge Robert Murphy, Walter Baudier, Dr. Raoul Rodriguez, Rick Rees, Britton Sanderford Jr., Dr. Kenneth Adatto and Robert E. Smith Lupo.

Guests of the krewe enjoyed a champagne reception in the Chemin Royale, followed by the presentation in the Grand Ballroom and the supper dance in the Grand Salon.

The Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra provided the music. For the supper dance, the music alternated between Jimmy Maxwell’s Orchestra and the Starlight Orchestra of New York City.