A true parody of traditional black-tie galas and customary Mardi Gras balls, guests attended “Cochon Cotillion 20” in myriad tacky attire, pig-themed clothing and whimsical costumes.
James Carville and Mary Matalin were honored as “Cochon Cotillion 20’s” King and Queen. For the 20th anniversary festivities, the illustrious and prestigious former royalty were invited to join King James’ and Queen Mary’s court, which included Angela Hill, Anne Redd, Arlene Rome, Barbara Gaiennie, Bruce Katz, Bryan Batt, Dana Hansel, Eugenie Suggs, Greg Rusovich, Ronal Serpas, Suzanne Rusovich. The “Court Party” preceded the event at Carville and Matalin’s home.
Spectacular entertainment filled the rooms of Mardi Gras World, including the ELS Show Band, Mike Morris, the Double Step Cloggers and the Pussyfooters. Both dance troupes also joined in the mini-parade, featuring the King and Queen, their royal court and a brass band. Additional attractions included face-painting and caricature art from “Uncle” Wayne Daigrepont and the Porta-Puppet Players, a Snap Shotz photo booth and psychic readings by Sonnet Ireland, the Hypnotic Librarian.
The event also included a large silent auction, a live auction, a raffle and a Kendra Scott jewelry pull featuring 75 mystery boxes.
More than 20 local restaurants and six beverage purveyors provided an array of scrumptious food and drink options. Draped in purple, green and gold, the tables continued the Carnival theme and were topped with floral centerpieces donated by NOLA Flora and large topiary balloon arrangements by RSVP Decorating.
Greg and Suzanne Rusovich served as Fundraising Co-Chairs, and Arlene Rome, Tiffany Truxillo and Brian McDonald served as Event Captains. Bruce Katz was the emcee, and Andrew Ward presented as the live auctioneer. The 20th anniversary poster was generously created and donated by artist Terry J. Marks Sr.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Cochon Cotillion 20,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Saturday, April 2
Where: Mardi Gras World