Bridge House/Grace House and the Krewe of Pork and Beads welcomed patrons into what they like to call the “first unofficial Mardi Gras ball of the 2016 season,” “Cochon Cotillion XIX.” Patrons entered Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World through the float den into the main ballroom decorated in purple, green and gold.
Queen Ruthie Frierson and King Ronal Serpas presided over the party and showered partygoers with beads and souvenir cups. Mike Morris provided entertainment for the King and Queen’s court party prior to the Cotillion, as well as singing for the silent auction bidders.
WGNO-TV’s Chriss Knight and Erin Nicole served as emcees. More than 40 local restaurants provided a feast for all, while Cochon Cotillion band veterans ELS kept the party going.
Co-Chairs Brian McDonald, Arlene Rome and Tiffany Markey-Truxillo led this year’s event. More than 650 attendees raised approximately $200,000 to support the Bridge House/Grace House substance abuse treatment program.
EVENT AT A GLANCE
What: “Cochon Cotillion XIX,” benefiting Bridge House/Grace House
When: Saturday, April 18
Where: Mardi Gras World