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Under the Big Top

“CADA Carnivale” presented a whimsical festival to support area schools.

Hosts Paul and Donna Flower

photographed by Will Strout

“CADA Carnivale” this year featured a festive and fun amusement park theme, including whimsical touches such as a candy bar, with colorful sweets in apothecary jars, and table centerpieces of peanuts, popcorn and gumballs with circus animal figurine-topped topiaries. Colorful pennant flags crossed the ceilings.

Paul and Donna Flower generously opened their home for the event; the large windows and opened French doors allowed guests to easily float in and outdoors to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere.

The live auction featured lots of hotel and dining experiences, a Drew Brees autographed cleat and several pieces of art provided by Galerie d’Art Français.

Gulf Coast Theatre on Tap performed rhythm tap dancing numbers throughout the evening with music from their band and vocalist Arsene DeLay. Chef Greg Sonnier of Kingfish served marinated crab claws, boiled shrimp, alligator meatballs, duck quesadillas and an additional array of delicacies.

Approximately 100 patrons attended the event and raised more than $40,000 to support substance abuse prevention education in New Orleans area schools. 


What: “CADA Carnivale,” benefiting Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans
When: Thursday, November 6
Where: Home of Paul and Donna Flower


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