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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Merry Mardi Gras moments

Krewe of Elders Co-Captain Celia Frazier (left), King Joe Cascio, Queen Gail Cascio and Captain Jay Prudhomme take center stage the the krewe's bal.
Richard Cook paid "A Tribute to Elvis."

Krewe of Elders Duchess of Wisdom Karen Bagley portrayed Princess Golden Eagle.

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Captain Michelle Christian and Barkus and Meoux Duchess Ginger Paul take in the Krewe of Elders Grande Bal X.

Photos by Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

The Krewe of Elders Grande Bal X was done Saturday in a two part tableau.

The theme was "A Tale of Two Cities" — no not that "Tale of Two Cities" — but the cities of Shreveport/Bossier City.

In the first part of the program at Municipal Auditorium, costumed actors for an evening portrayed such historical characters as Capt. Henry Mille Shreve and the Shreveport madam Annie McCune, who the late historian Goodloe Stuck made famous in a book. (This was a tableau done with much imagination, not your usual stodgy history play.)

But the highlight of the evening for us was Duchess of Wisdom Karen Bagley’s portrayal of Indian Princess Golden Eagle. Using the accordion gold pleated cape of her costume as wings, she ran and she whirled around the floor of the Municipal Auditorium.

Why she did it so well that you could almost imagine that she was truly flying.

For the formal introduction, court members changed into evening gowns and black tie and made very elegant bows.

Other members of the court: King Joe Cascio and Queen Gail Cascio; Duke and Duchess of Longevity, Jim and Wanda Smith and Duke of Wisdom Bobby Griffie.

Jay Prudhomme is krewe captain.

Much applause, too, to Richard Cook who wore a gold lame coat to pay "A Tribute to Elvis," "Hound Dog" getting my favorite vote.

Guests included Justinian Captain Steve Glassell and wife Berry left early for they had just bought LSU-Ohio State University tickets and were leaving early the next morning.

Check out the attached images to get a glimpse of the ball and go to www.shreveporttimes.com for the entire gala.

Happy Mardi Gras!


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