While the rest of the United States puts away its holiday party hats on Jan. 6, the Feast of Epiphany, New Orleans does not. It’s Twelfth Night: the official start of Carnival season. And it was the Twelfth Night Revelers, a krewe that made its debut on Jan. 6, 1870, 13 years after Comus, that […]
Did you indulge a little too much over the holidays? Of course you did. After all, that is what the holidays are all about—good food and fun with family and friends. And now you’re feeling a few extra pounds. Don’t fret, a new year is perfect for resolutions. Come Jan. 1, you will eat healthier […]
Animal-lovers gathered on Oct. 27 at the Beau Chene Country Club in Mandeville to attend “Cause for Paws,” an evening soirée benefiting the St. Tammany Humane Society. Chris Burke and his New Orleans Band entertained guests, as did musician Glyn Bailey. Partygoers enjoyed a buffet dinner including dishes like jambalaya, gumbo and crab cakes remoulade. […]
On Nov. 3, music fans gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary season of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society at the annual “Pasta & Puccini” gala. The event benefited JPAS’ educational programs and children’s choruses—sponsored in part by the Paula Maher Foundation—which performed at the party. The Belle Grove Plantation Ballroom in the Pontchartrain Center was […]
On Nov. 7, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana held a luncheon where former Girl Scout, City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson took center stage at the Audubon Tea Room as the event’s keynote speaker. Cookie bouquets adorned each table as centerpieces, while each guest received a box of Girl Scout “All Abouts” cookies. “As we […]
Nearly 270 guests attended the Southern Dominican Gala, which was held at the Wyndham Canal Place Hotel on Nov. 2. The night started with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and partygoers also bid on silent auction items. At 8 p.m., a gourmet dinner was served in the ballroom amongst the beautifully decorated tables, accented with orchids […]
A 25th anniversary is something to really celebrate, which is exactly what Casa Argentina did on Nov. 3, with a “Tiempo Tango” at the Sheraton Hotel. Highlights of the evening included a silent auction of artwork and other intriguing items, and a performance by Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco, an acclaimed couple in the […]
The lovely home of Lynne and Hugh Uhalt was the site for the annual Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta benefit held Oct. 25. The home was integral as its art-filled walls created the perfect setting for the art auction, for which this event is known. Throughout the house partygoers found pieces by […]
A beautiful night and the stylish setting of Heidi and Tripp Friedler’s home produced a spirited atmosphere on Nov. 8 for the annual KID smART fund-raiser, “Growing smART.” KID smART is an organization that ensures that art is still a vital part of a child’s learning experience—its Artist in Classroom, after-school and community-based programs taught […]
Who says singing and fashion can’t go together? The “Promenade de L’Opera,” held Oct. 23, included a fashion show and luncheon at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Hosted by the New Orleans Opera’s Women’s Guild, “Autumn Dazzle”—the event’s theme—was presented by the Shops at Canal Place. Chaired by Brenda Reilly, Barbara Heard and Sonda […]
Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s “Carnivale du Vin” kicked off a weekend of indulgence—for a good cause—on Nov. 2 at an elegant reception at Latrobe’s. Attended exclusively by high-level sponsors, local New Orleans chefs dished out their signature dishes while wines from Kistler Vineyards and Kosta Browne Winery were served. The main gala and wine auction followed […]
Recognizing the accomplishments of local leaders who have contributed to the community is why St. Charles Avenue magazine organized its annual Activists of the Year and Unsung Hero awards in 2004. The Activists of the Year 2007 are Phyllis Taylor and Anthony Recasner, while Baty Landis is the Unsung Hero. These honorees have diverse interests, […]
Clearly the tradition of gifting the debutante with evening bags, cosmetic cases, memory books, fragrance, jewelry and assorted useful objects crowned and embellished with the regal symbols of Carnival is alive and well in New Orleans. Velvet-lined presentation box at Judy at the Rink; Crown cufflinks, earrings and necklace at Mignon Faget. Pink lace lingerie […]
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While the rest of the United States puts away its holiday party hats on Jan. 6, the Feast of Epiphany, New Orleans does not. It’s Twelfth Night: the official start of Carnival season.
And it was the Twelfth Night Revelers, a krewe that made its debut on Jan. 6, 1870, 13 years after Comus, that helps mark the beginning of festivities. It wasn’t until the following year, in 1871, that the krewe introduced two unique traditions: the golden bean and the king cake. That year, a young woman was presented a large cake with a golden bean hidden inside, which signified her selection as queen. It was supposed to be for the king, but this change was made. At today’s ball, a wooden replica of a large king cake is used. It has small drawers at the bottom, which the ladies’ court opens. Whoever gets the gold bean is queen, those who find silver beans are in the court.
But if you’re not invited to this prestigious bal masque, don’t fret because other costumed revelers, the Phunny Phorty Phellows, hop onto the St. Charles Avenue streetcars to roll down the avenue also heralding the start of Carnival.
An invitation to the first Twelfth Night Revelers bal masque on Jan. 6, 1870. Courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana Division