Noblesse Journeys to the Far East
At the sound of the Captains Whistle on Saturday, February 12, 2000, the Journey began as Noblesse traveled to the Far East. Krewe de la Noblesse held its 15th annual Ball at the Civic Center Coliseum.
Guests entered the coliseum by crossing over a bridge and through an Oriental garden where they were treated to a visual tour of the Great Wall of China and a colorful extravaganza of oriental masks, dragons, umbrellas and lanterns.
The Louisiana National Guard posted the National and State colors to the Star Spangled Banner.
Members of the 2000 Board of Directors were presented: Captain Keith Jagneaux, President Mary Ann Holmes, first vice-president Joe Rabalais, second vice-president Jerry Hillyard, Secretary Barbara Chiasson, Treasurer Carmel Fazzio, and Krewe Representative Polly Richards.
Making their final appearances were 1999 royal court of "Noblesse - Evening at the Oscars", King Gabriel XIV Kenny Norwood and Queen Ashley Noblesse XIV Valerie Norwood, and Dukes and Duchesses Dave Meacham and Dottie Bowes; Jerry Hillyard and Kay Vaughan; Kenny Nichols and Carrie Nichols; Don Verret and Betty Verret.
Debutantes presented were Emilee Laine Broussard daughter of Gerald and Vickie Smith, Melody Theresa Kirkpatrick and Rachel Sharon Nelson Granddaughters of I.J. and Syble Deshotel, Ria Claire Laseter Niece of Robert and Cris Belaire. Melissa Young Granddaughter of Shirley Roy, and Jessie Elizabeth Ritter Granddaughter of Richard and Mary Ann Holmes.
After the lighting of the Krewe Crest, through a haze of swirling ash and the sounds of an erupting volcano, Captain Keith Jagneaux made his spectacular entrance as Marco Polo and here began Noblesses Journey to the City of Beijing and the Court of the Great Kublai Khan.
Captains costume is of black and red satin trimmed in gold and
silver sequins and magnificient stones. His cape of red velvet is
trimmed in gold and silver sequines and his collar of black
velvet is adorned with large white plumes. His headpiece of
Italian design, garnished with pearls and gems completed his
Making his entrance as the Great Kubla Khan was King Gabriel Noblesse XV, Joey Angers and his Queen Ashley Noblesse XV, Julie Angers.
His Majesty wore an imperial floor length robe of oriental design bordered in gold lame overlaid with white iridescent and silver sequins, heavily encrusted with rhinestones. His large collar of white velvet and gold and silver sequins bordered a scroll design. The entire collar is backed with fantasia plumes. His mantel consists of a white velvet center panel flanked by panels of gold lane bordered in silver sequins. The gold panels are bordered in white fur. The mantel feature stylized designs in gold and silver sequins.
Her Majesty wore a dress of white shantung, gold lame in an empire style with full draped sleeves bordered in gold lame with silver sequin design of oriental scroll design. Her oriental design stylized tunic skirt was bordered in gold lame and overlaid with white iridescent and silver sequins, heavily encrusted with rhinestones. The Queens costume in an imperial floor length robe in matching design to that of the King and matching collar & mantel to that of the King completes her Royal attire.
Imperial Highness is a 1971 graduate of the University of
Southwestern Louisiana and is a Regional Manager for McJunkin
Corp. where hes been employed for 26 years. This King is a
past Captain of Krewe de la Noblesse. Her Royal Highness is
presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Vocational Educational from LSU and
holds a BS and M.Ed. from McNeese State Univerity. The Queen is
presently employed by Lousiana Public Broadcasting as an
Educational Technology Specialist and also does technology
consulting. The King and Queen were 1992 Duke and Duchess of
Noblesse Tours Broadway. The King and Queen have 3 children: Joey, a Senior at MSU, Nicole, a Junior at LSU ,
and Thomas, a 5th Grade Honor
Student at Christian Life Academy. The King and Queen presently
reside in Baton Rouge.
Bearing treasurers of Oil were the Duke and Duchess of Italy, Art Gellner and Dot Gellner.
Their matching costumes of canary yellow and orange satin is accented with gold and silver appliqués of Italian design. The Duchess's headpiece featured an Italian lace veil and large canary yellow plumes.
is Vice President - Polymer Operations Certainteed and his
Duchess is a Homemaker. They have three children and three
Bearing treasures of Jewels were the Duke and Duchess of India, Dr. B.L. Bobby Caraway and Sonya Toni Duplantis Caraway.
Their matching costumes of Royal Blue and Pink satin were accented with gold sequined appliqués and trimmed in rhinestones. Their matching headpeices were of an Indian styled turban complemented with powder blue plumes.
is a Veterinarian for the State Racing Commission at Delta Downs
and his Duchess is the Executive Director of The Calcasieu
Counseling on Aging.
Bearing gifts of Grain were the Duke and Duchess of Russia, Eddie J. Conner and Catherine Sue Garvey Soileau.
Their matching costumes were of royal purple and red satin is accented with silver and gold appliqués and bordered in ermine fur. The Dukes headpiece is of a Russian Military design adorned with white plumes. His duchesss costume featured Russian draped sleeves lined in white satin.
Eddie is a
Commercial Realtor for Flavin Realty and his Duchess is also a
Bearing gifts of Furs were the Duke and Duchess of Africa, Beau Betbeze and Rita FrugeAdkins.
Their matching costumes were of emerald green and lime green satin accented with gold, silver and leopard appliqués of African design. Their headpieces are an African design adorned in emerald green plumes and peacock feathers.
is a Sales Representative with Dunham Price and his Duchess is a
retired travel agent enjoying her four sons, two stepchildren and
Royal entertainment was provided by the Chinese Culture Center in Houston, Texas, Jim Bor-Jian Liang, Director with the assistance of Ken and Ping Cohen of Asian Access Corporation . A traditional Chinese dragon dance was performed by the Houston Chinese Golden Dragon Team under the direction of Rita Wen-Mei Lee. A traditional Ribbon Dance was performed by Li-Mei Hua Chinese Dance Academy under the direction of Ms. Li-Mei Hua.
Master of Ceremonies was Dale Mann. The Pageant was written by Bonnie Lee and directed by John Richards.
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