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Nell Nolan: Elves of Oberon, Prophets of Persia

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Oberon Ball. Becca Lapeyre

In 1895, principals from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” appeared on the Carnival horizon with the Elves of Oberon, whose namesake was the king of Fairyland. Moving into the 20th century, the Prophets of Persia, in 1927, began a tableau tradition that continues to this day. “The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine” titled the first… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Rex Ball. Rex Christian Brown, Laney Langenstein

Carnival aficionados await this moment year after year: the Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus. The highlight, and there are many, occurs amid the conjoined Carnival pomp and elegance when the four monarchs stand on the stage together at the ball of the Mystick Krewe of Comus and sweep, in unison, three scepters and one silver… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Original Illinois Club Ball, Harris deb party

Photo provided by Anthony Maheia -- OIC Ball -- Original Illinois Club King John Michael Blanchard and 2015 Queen Taylor Renee' Harris

“Reigning as the 2015 queen of the Original Illinois Ball was one of the most memorable events of my life. I was given the opportunity to develop friendships with other OIC debutantes whom I will always cherish and I feel proud to carry on the family tradition.” So said… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Atlanteans and Momus

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Atlanteans Ball. Ellie George

A brace of radiant debutante queens beamed as the crowned heads of two of Carnival’s oldest and most prestigious organizations. The first ball of the two was that of the Atlanteans, which occurred in 1891, and the second, occurring two days later, was that of the older Knights of Momus (1872). Beautiful weather outside and the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Mithras and Dorians

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Dorians Ball. Marylynn Smitherman

The themes, “Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Banou” and “Carnival in Venice” played major roles for the High Priests of Mithras and the Krewe of Dorians. They titled, respectively, the first balls of each in 1897 and 1938. For the 2015 gallivanting, both organizations held their masked balls in separate theaters in the Ernest N. Morial Convention… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Young Men Illinois Club ball, Vigee deb party

Seated: Naima Gabriel Bocage, Nala Monet Hamilton, Isabel Anise Davis, Ever Soleil Vigee and Amira Donyell Dawson. Standing: Alena Maria Irvin, Kai Zora Louise Haley, Simone Amy Haley, Sophia Rose Parker and Maci Milan Duplessis.

They are legendary: Clio, Urania, Melpomene, Thalia, Terpsichore, Calliope, Erato, Polyhymnia and Euterpe. Take a bow, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. In Greek mythology, each Muse, as a guiding spirit, presided over a different art or science, ranging from History (Clio) to Lyric Poetry (Euterpre). Since then,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Achaeans and Athenians

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Achaeans Ball. Lauren Fitzpatrick, Wendy Geary, Aimee Bell

Back-to-back Carnival balls celebrated the joy of masking and seasonal merriment. Both Hellenistic krewe names started with an “A,” Achaeans and Athenians, and both hailed debutante queens. Miss Courtney Cook Geary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Cooke Geary, reigned over the former levity and Miss Ellen Claverie Curry, the latter. Last year, those same… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Nereus and Osiris

In Carnival circles, another entry into centennial status made its mark on a recent Saturday evening in the Royal Tent at the New Orleans Country Club. This was the Grand Ball of Osiris, which was chartered in 1915 and celebrated its 100th Carnival ball under the aegis of the greatest of Egyptian gods. The preceding evening at… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Tributes and Tea

On a recent Sunday, the Children’s Carnival Club of New Orleans held its 90th annual bal masque at the Sheraton Hotel to celebrate “Once upon a time when the world was young.” Reigning were Queen and King Once Upon a Time Cecelia Frances Zimmermann and Garrett Thomas McNamara, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Brown, Baus and Ewin deb parties

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Glenny Brown Debutante Party. Jeff and Connie Parker, Anne and Glyn Bailey

Three debutante parties provided a social stretch from “Cajun lunch down by the riverside” at a Cajun cottage on the Mississippi River batture to the Vieux Carre and Galatoire’s, where one set sat for lunch and another for dinner. “Let the good times roll down by the riverside” was the invitation’s beckoning for a… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Olympians and Caliphs of Cairo

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Olympians Ball. Claire Zeringue

In back-to-back Carnival balls held in the Royal Tent at the New Orleans Country Club, a brace of radiant queens, debutantes of the season, reigned. Hailed as her majesty on a Friday at Olympians 2015 masked ball was Miss Claire Michelle Zeringue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne George Zeringue Jr. The following evening,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Delta Cotillion, Amistad, Impact 100 in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Delta Sigma Theta Cotillion. Leslie Howard, Jasmyne, Judy and Marion Bracy

The New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held its annual cotillion at the Hyatt Regency and hailed a milestone: a half-century mark with the title “50 Years of Delta Majesty.” Turning the pages of time, sorority history reveals that the honor of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Society of 1812 Ball, Victory Ball at Cabildo, Louisiana Historical Society

Three recent events hailed the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans and celebrated the peace and friendship that ensued with the United States and Great Britain. Demoiselles curtsied at the Grand Military Ball of the Society of the War of 1812 in the state of Louisiana, the Louisiana Museum Foundation presented a “Battle of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Arts Council, Rivertown, Bar Association, U.S. Daughters of 1812

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Arts Council Awards. Amanda Winstead, Mark Romig, Meaghan Bonavita

The Arts Council of New Orleans held its Community Arts Awards at Mardi Gras World and titled it “Celebration.” Presented by First NBC and emceed by Mark Romig, the event honored Arthur Roger, gallery owner; A Studio in the Woods, artist residency space; Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane, the conservation of New Orleans’… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Patrick deb party, Opera Ball

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Patrick party -- Mary Hines, son Walker Hines, Elizabeth McNulty

Fox Finesse, Peacock Prettiness Two motifs underscored recent revelry during a posh debutante party given by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Patrick at the Patrick family home, Hurst Haven Plantation, in honor of their daughter Karoline Patrick. Throughout the gallivanting, symbolic images appeared of peacocks and foxes to suggest, in turn, splendiferous beauty and the… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Harlequins and Apollo

Youthful krewes and their sub-deb courts commanded two recent dates with Carnival mirth. Turning pages in history, we see that the first one, The Harlequins, made its initial presence in 1925 at the no-longer Athenaeum with “Robin Hood” as the theme. At the 90th anniversary ball, with “Back to the Future” bannered, her majesty answered to Miss Erin Curry… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Cary, Conwill deb parties

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Clare Conwill Debutante Party. Jill Conwill, Lisa Rosskopf

Shakespeare would have swooned, but the true nod was to a Louis-Lewis brace. Two of the recent debutante-season parties, among a series of joyful events, celebrated a royal and a writer: Louis XIV of France and Lewis Carroll of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Themes drawn from them marqueed the merriment given by families, both with surnames starting with… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Loyola 1912 Society; Patio Planters; St. Pius gala and Shir Chadash patron party

Loyola University New Orleans held its 1912 Society Dinner, a salute to the year the university was founded, and honored alumna Dr. Maria Ribando Burmaster (class of 1988) with the Integritas Vitae Award; Patio Planters made Christmas Brunch the reason to rally and presented The Daisy Todd Award to Albin “Al” and Susan Guillot; “A Heavenly… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Squires ball, Opera Dinner

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Squires Ball. Seated: Charlotte Friend, Charlotte Freeman, Mignon Daly, Lucy Currence, Lindsey Gibert, Mary Mitchell Henry. Standing: Laurel Box, Isabel Balart, Lydia Calhoun, Kelly Batt, Ellen Gambel, Emily Davidson

At the most recent ball of The Squires, which took place in The New Orleans Theatre of the New Orleans Convention Center, Miss Rebecca Emerson French stepped into the role of her majesty and graced the festivity with her youthful poise and presence. The first maid was Miss Miriam de Buys Ellis. Their respective parents are Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Tastet, Hinrichs, Pellerin and Crane deb parties

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Emily Tastet Debutante Party. David, Emily and Abbey Tastet

Four debutantes garnered limelight at their own special levity, which took the form of three parties. The first was for Emily Elizabeth Tastet, who was honored at The Columns Hotel for a soiree that gathered her and her family’s nearest and dearest. Less than a week later, a debutante duo, Avery Hinrichs and Jamie Pellerin, became… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Twelfth Night Revelers ball

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Twelfth Night Revelers Ball. Lise and Courtney Montgomery

The Goddess of Chance was mighty busy on Tuesday evening — the 12th day after Christmas and the official start of the Carnival season — at her annual epiphanous activity at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Each year, she has the task of selecting a queen for the Twelfth Night Revelers ball, which she did with grace and ease,… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Latest deb parties set fabulously high bar

Photo by Nell Nolan -- A tent behind the Cary home offered space to view the evening's entertainment.

New Orleans is no stranger to fabulous fetes when it comes to debutantes, but during the past Christmas holidays, there was a plethora of impressive parties, many of them productions. Not only were there nine outstanding ones, but smaller ones rallied the deb set to intriguing venues: family camps, a bowling alley, restaurants and popular hotel lobbies.… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Curry, Lowe, McKendrick, Reed and Tolar deb party; Eight O’Clocks

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Curry, Lowe, McKendrick, Reed and Tolar Debutantes Party. Caroline Reed, Sydney Lowe, Ellen Curry, Danielle Tolar, Greer McKendrick

Today, Jan. 6, the 2015 Crescent City Carnival officially opens and a slew of social events will duly unfold to celebrate the launch of the season. Recent partying has focused on debutante merriment and that of the younger set, eighth-graders, who will, sooner or later, enjoy Carnival honors. Many debs will grace upcoming Carnival and Mardi Gras… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Pickwick Club, Ballo di Natale

When the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra struck up “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” a coterie flocked to the dance floor to take a turn with their fathers. Many of the young ladies were holding their bouquets of red flowers. Touches of seasonal red, along with towering, lighted Christmas trees, and poinsettias embellished the host… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Ladies’ Leukemia League, ADL, St. Charles Avenue Association, Metairie Women’s Club

Always numerous in attendees, the annual fete de Noel of Ladies Leukemia League Inc. included its usual legions at the Hilton Riverside. Various tallies were suggested, but the assembly easily passed the 1,000 mark. The top names to know were LLL President Anne Favret for the welcome; event Chairwoman and “co” in Joy Hocke NorthContinue reading →

Nell Nolan: Azucar Ball, Lawn Tennis Club anniversary, Military Order of Foreign Wars and Churchill Society

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Azucar Ball. Cheryl and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Martine Chaisson Linares

Azucar, which translates into “sugar” in English, titles the annual black-tie ball given by the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation to benefit the Scholarship Program. The most recent revelry unfolded at the New Orleans Marriott with hundreds of people ready to fraternize and dance. “La Bamba” titled the Mexican-themed fun that started with… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Laussat Society of THNOC, Nola for Nola, Vintage Affair for MS, English-Speaking Union

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Laussat Society. Priscilla and John Lawrence

“Museum. Research Center. Publisher” are all attributed to The Historic New Orleans Collection, but on a recent Tuesday evening, party was the plan. This was the 2014 Laussat Society Gala, a cocktail-buffet, held at the home of Julie (Mrs. Philip II) Breitmeyer to recognize both Laussat Society and Bienville Circle members, THNOC’s highest-level… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Catholic Foundation Dinner, Oaks Ado, Sociedad Espanola, PRC Silver Bell

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Dorian Stone, Yulia Houghtaling, Jessica Kee

Silver Bells Billed as an intimate reception, the “Silver Bell” event of the Preservation Resource Center gathered patrons and distinguished sponsors of the 29th annual Holiday Home Tour. An impressive St. Charles Avenue mansion, the home of John and Yulia Houghtaling, was the site for the socializing that preceded the two-day touring of… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: Seasonal Bonhomie with Brother Martin, Beaujolais, Jefferson Aging and Purple Pants

Crest Cohorts Led off by the name of Brother Martin High School President John Devlin, the annual Extravaganza took place in the New Orleans Marriott with a patron party, the gala itself, music by the Brother Martin Jazz band directed by alumnus (as are some of the following) Chris Bailey, gold-and-red themed decorations by Cara Velez… Continue reading →

Nell Nolan: SPCA, Christian Brothers and Daughters of the British Empire

Howling Success A paw-rade it was when the Louisiana SPCA held its most recent Howling Success at the Hyatt Regency and, in keeping with the event’s “Masquerade” title, asked guests to don masks. Or costumes. Or both. A purposeful paw-ty, it raised operating funds for the more than 20,000 owned and abandoned animals seen annually… Continue reading →